Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family--a Test of Will andFaith in World War I

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Norman Thomas and his brothers' upbringing prepared them for a life of service-but their calls to conscience threatened to tear them apart

Conscience is 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 ...

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Overview

Norman Thomas and his brothers' upbringing prepared them for a life of service-but their calls to conscience threatened to tear them apart

Conscience is 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. Conscience reveals the tension among responsibilities, beliefs, and desires, between ideas and actions-and, sometimes, between brothers.

Conscience moves 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.

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It is not surprising that the World War I experiences of Norman Thomas (1884-1968) form a major part of Louisa Thomas' new book: This long-lived peace advocate was, after all, the author's great grandfather and a six-time Socialist presidential candidate. Conscience does pay due attention to her forebear, but it also traces the parallel stories of his three brothers. Two of them answered President Woodrow Wilson's call to war by becoming soldiers; Norman and his brother Evan both became conscientious objectors. This thoughtful group biography reveals how four members of one remarkable family coped with the moral complexities of responsibilities and beliefs. An extraordinary microhistory of a conscientious period in American history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594202940
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 6.28 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Louisa Thomas has written for the New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Newsweek, and other places. She lives in New York.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Fervent Wrestling Prayers 1

2 Preacher of the Word 14

3 The World's Honors 21

4 The Fate of the Universe 30

5 Sympathy for the Unmarried 43

6 A Land of Brotherhood and Justice 55

7 The Promise of American Life 66

8 Long Wars Will Occur 76

9 Which Way Shall it Be? 87

10 Courage of the Highest Type 102

11 Muddle Headed 119

12 What Then Shall America Do? 131

13 Let Every Man Be Faithful 146

14 A Caged and Cautious Liberalism 163

15 A Democratic Right 179

16 Courage of Convictions 189

17 Into the Fracas 202

18 Treason's Twilight Zone 218

19 Mean What You Say 235

20 The Sandiest of Foundations 249

21 To Carry Your Watch 258

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 277

Bibliography 301

Index 307

Image Credits 319

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Don't miss this book!!!

    This book flows!! its very hard to put it down. I found it totally relevent to our political, social, and ethical problems of today. A must read for any thinking person. Bravo to Louis Thomas..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    Superb

    I loved this book. Absorbing, intelligent, gracefully written, thoughtful. It sparked many thoughts about what it means to be a productive, "useful," conscientious citizen in this current era. After reading it, I feel much smarter too.

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