The Religious Left in Modern America

Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith

  • Leilah Danielson
  • Marian Mollin
  • Doug Rossinow

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Leilah Danielson, Marian Mollin, Doug Rossinow
    Pages 1-17
  3. Nicholas Rademacher
    Pages 81-99
  4. Marian Mollin
    Pages 255-276
  5. David R. Swartz
    Pages 277-294
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-303

About this book


This edited collection of exciting new scholarship provides comprehensive coverage of the broad sweep of twentieth century religious activism on the American left. The volume covers a diversity of perspectives, including Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish history, and important essays on African-American, Latino, and women’s spirituality. Taken together, these essays offer a comparative and long-term perspective on religious groups and social movements often studied in isolation, and fully integrate faith-based action into the history of progressive social movements and politics in the modern United States. It becomes clear that throughout the twentieth century, religious faith has served as a powerful motivator and generator for activism, not just as on the right, where observers regularly link religion and politics, but on the left. This volume will appeal to historians of modern American politics, religion, and social movements, religious studies scholars, and contemporary activists.


Radical Secular Protestant Social movement Civil rights Feminism Socialism Democratic Twentieth century

Editors and affiliations

  • Leilah Danielson
    • 1
  • Marian Mollin
    • 2
  • Doug Rossinow
    • 3
  1. 1.History DepartmentNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaff, AZUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistoryVirginia TechBlacksburg, VAUSA
  3. 3.Archaeology, Conservation and HistoryUniversity of OsloBlindernNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73119-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73120-9
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