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William Sloane Coffin, Jr. : a holy impatience

Author: Warren Goldstein
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin was the premiere voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, and a worthy heir to the Rev. Martin Luther King. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Goldstein, Warren.
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2004
(DLC) 2003019754
(OCoLC)53059611
Named Person: William Sloane Coffin, Jr.; William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Goldstein
ISBN: 9780300135053 030013505X
OCLC Number: 239887283
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 379 p.) : ill.
Contents: The great war, Greenwich Village, and the Upper East Side --
Early years --
Europe : music and war --
Russians, White and Red --
The education of a warrior-priest --
From education to vocation --
"Bus-riding chaplain" --
Preaching the word : Coffin in demand --
Wading into the big muddy --
Moments of truth : civil disobedience and the draft --
Marriage and family life --
Activist episodes --
Interregnum --
Down by the riverside --
"Flunking retirement" --
A holy impatience.
Responsibility: Warren Goldstein.

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A magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin was the premiere voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, and a worthy heir to the Rev. Martin Luther King. 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.

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