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Heart's Work: Civil War Heroine and Champion of the Mentally Ill, Dorothea Lynde Dix, by Charles Schlaifer and Lucy Freeman

On the Lived Theology Reading List: Heart’s Work

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Dorothea Dix was born in 1802, and managed to fight through illness and a traumatic childhood in order to become one of the most well-respected nurses of the civil war and an early proponent of social reform. In Heart’s Work, authors Charles Schlaifer and Lucy Freeman track Dorothea’s remarkable journey from her birthplace in Maine to her eventual death in New Jersey where she finally succumbed to… Read More

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The Failure and The Hope: Essays of Southern Churchmen, edited by Will D. Campbell and James Y. Holloway

On the Lived Theology Reading List: The Failure and the Hope

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During the 1960s, the Committee of Southern Churchmen began publishing a journal entitled Katallagete: Be Reconciled. Will Campbell and James Holloway, who helped edit the journal as well as publish this book, were convinced that the church and Christianity had failed to stay grounded in scripture and fight injustices through Christian means. Katallagete featured a number of essays from prominent people of the time, including… Read More

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A Portrait of Pacifists: Le Chambon, the Holocaust, and the Lives of André and Magda Trocmé, by Richard P. Unsworth

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During World War II, the southern French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its surrounding villages became a haven for Jews and others in flight from Nazi roundups, where they could regroup before being hidden or led abroad. This was in no small part due to André and Magda Trocmé, two individuals who made nonviolence a way of life. In A Portrait of Pacifists, author Richard Unsworth uses the Trocmés’ unpublished memoirs… Read More

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Stories of Struggle: The Clash over Civil Rights in South Carolina, by Claudia Smith Brinson

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Through extensive research and interviews with more than one hundred fifty civil rights activists, many of whom had never shared their stories with anyone, author Claudia Brinson chronicles twenty pivotal years of petitioning, preaching, picketing, boycotting, marching, and holding sit-ins in Stories of Struggle. These intimate stories of courage and conviction, both heartbreaking and inspiring, shine a light on the progress achieved by nonviolent civil rights activists while also revealing white South Carolinians’ often violent resistance to change. Read More

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