American Catholic Pacifism

The Influence of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement

by Anne Klejment, Nancy L. oberts, ed.

Print Flyer
Abortion in the United States

November 1996


Pages 224
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General

This collection of mostly original essays by scholars and Catholic Worker activists provides a systematic, analytical study of the emergence and nature of pacifism in the largest single denomination in the United States: Roman Catholicism. The collection underscores the pivotal role of Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker movement in challenging the conventional understanding of just-war principles and the American Catholic Church's identification with uncritical militarism. Also included are a study of Dorothy Day's preconversion pacifism, previously unpublished letters from Dorothy Day to Thomas Merton, Eileen Egan's account of the birth and early years of Pax, the Catholic Worker-inspired peace organization, and in-depth coverage of how the contemporary Plowshares movement emerged from the Catholic Worker movement.

Table of Contents

The Catholic Worker in the United States Peace Tradition, by Charles Chatfield
The Radical Origins of Catholic Pacifism: Dorothy Day and the Lyrical Left during World War I, by Anne Klejment
Catholic Peace Organizations and World War II, by Patricia McNeal
Conscription and the Catholic Conscience in World War II, by Patrick G. Coy
Prophecy Faces Tradition: The Pacifist Debate during World War II, by Francis J. Sicius
The Catholic Worker and Peace in the Early Cold War Era, by Mel Piehl
The Leaven, by James W. Douglass
The Correspondence of Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, compiled, introduced and edited by William H. Shannon
The Struggle of the Small Vehicle, Pax, by Eileen Egan
The Catholic Worker and the Vietnam War, by Anne Klejment and Nancy L. Roberts
ANZUS Plowshares: A Nonviolent Campaign, by Ciaron O'Reilly
The Catholic Worker and Peace: Resources in the Marquette University Archives, by Phillip M. Runkel


Pax Christi USA Book Award, 1997

Other Titles of Interest

Within These Walls cover imageGetting the Donkey Out of the Ditch cover imageAllegiance to Liberty cover image
Participatory Democracy cover imageThe Impact of Negro Voting cover imageThe Comedy of Democracy cover image

Product Search

Product Search

Publication Year



Need Help? Try our Search Tips