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William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience / Edition 1
     

William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience / Edition 1

by Warren Goldstein
 

ISBN-10: 0300111541

ISBN-13: 9780300111545

Pub. Date: 01/11/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

A magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was the premier voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, and a worthy heir to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. From his pulpits at Yale University and, later, New York City’s Riverside Church, Coffin focused national attention on civil rights,

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A magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was the premier voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, and a worthy heir to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. From his pulpits at Yale University and, later, New York City’s Riverside Church, Coffin focused national attention on civil rights, the anti-Vietnam War movement, disarmament, and gay rights. This revealing biography—based on unparalleled access to family papers and candid interviews with Coffin, his colleagues, family, friends, lovers, and wives—tells for the first time the remarkable story of Coffin’s life.

An army and CIA veteran before assuming the post of Yale University chaplain at the youthful age of 33, Coffin gained notoriety as a leader of a dangerous civil rights Freedom Ride in 1961, as a defendant in the “Boston Five” trial of draft resisters in 1969, and as the preeminent voice of liberal religious dissent into the 1980s. This book encompasses Coffin’s turbulent private life as well as his flamboyant, joyful public career, while dramatically illuminating the larger social movements that consumed his days and defined his times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300111545
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.94(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Prologue: The Great War, Greenwich Village, and the Upper East Side1
1Early Years12
2Europe: Music and War24
3Russians White and Red42
4The Education of a Warrior-Priest64
5From Education to Vocation86
6"Bus-Riding Chaplain"103
7Preaching the Word: Coffin in Demand129
8Wading into the Big Muddy145
9Moments of Truth: Civil Disobedience and the Draft183
10Marriage and Family Life225
11Activist Episodes249
12Interregnum270
13Down by the Riverside284
14"Flunking Retirement"313
15A Holy Impatience320
Epilogue334
Sources337
Notes339
Index371

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