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    Conscience Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family - A Test of Will and Faith in World War I

    ISBN-10: 159420294X
    ISBN-13: 9781594202940
    Edition: 2011
    Author(s): Louisa Thomas
    Description: Norman Thomas and his brothers' upbringing prepared them for a life of service-but their calls to conscience threatened to tear them apart Conscienceis Louisa Thomas's beautifully written account of the remarkable Thomas brothers at the turn of the  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2011
    Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    Publication Date: 6/2/2011
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 336
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.188
    Language: English

    Norman Thomas and his brothers' upbringing prepared them for a life of service-but their calls to conscience threatened to tear them apart Conscienceis Louisa Thomas's beautifully written account of the remarkable Thomas brothers at the turn of the twentieth century. At a time of trial, each brother struggled to understand his obligation to his country, family, and faith. Centered around the story of the eldest, Norman Thomas (later the six-time Socialist candidate for president), the book explores the difficult decisions the four brothers faced with the advent of World War I. Sons of a Presbyterian minister and grandsons of missionaries, they shared a rigorous moral upbringing, a Princeton education, and a faith in the era's spirit of hope. Two became soldiers. Ralph enlisted right away, heeding President Woodrow Wilson's call to fight for freedom. A captain in the Army Corps of Engineers, he was ultimately wounded in France. Arthur, the youngest, was less certain about the righteousness of the cause but sensitive to his obligation as a citizen-and like so many men eager to have a chance to prove himself. The other two were pacifists. Evan became a conscientious objector, protesting conscription; when the truce was signed on November 11, 1918, he was in solitary confinement. Norman left his ministry in the tenements of East Harlem, New York, and began down the course he would follow for the rest of his life, fighting for civil liberties, social justice, and greater equality, and against violence as a method of change. Consciencereveals the tension among responsibilities, beliefs, and desires, between ideas and actions-and, sometimes, between brothers. Consciencemoves from the gothic buildings of Princeton to the tenements of New York City, from the West Wing of the White House to the battlefields of France, tracking how four young men navigated a period of great uncertainty and upheaval. A Thomas family member herself (Norman was Louisa's great grandfather), Thomas proposes that there is something we might recover from the brothers' debates about conscience: a way of talking about personal liberty and social obligation, about being true to oneself and to one another.

    Preface
    Fervent Wrestling Prayers
    Preacher of the Word
    The World's Honors
    The Fate of the Universe
    Sympathy for the Unmarried
    A Land of Brotherhood and Justice
    The Promise of American Life
    Long Wars Will Occur
    Which Way Shall it Be?
    Courage of the Highest Type
    Muddle Headed
    What Then Shall America Do?
    Let Every Man Be Faithful
    A Caged and Cautious Liberalism
    A Democratic Right
    Courage of Convictions
    Into the Fracas
    Treason's Twilight Zone
    Mean What You Say
    The Sandiest of Foundations
    To Carry Your Watch
    Acknowledgments
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index
    Image Credits

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