LOUISA THOMAS    Book Number: 83895    Product format: Paperback

In late August 1918, Norman Thomas received telegrams. One said that his brother Evan, a conscientious objector, had been hospitalised at a military training camp in Kansas during a hunger strike against the draft. Then word came that brother Ralph, a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers, had been wounded by a German artillery shell on the Western Front in France. With two sons pacifists and two sons soldiers, Norman's mother Emma was now beside herself. She believed that Evan's hunger strike amounted to suicide and she had no idea where Ralph had been taken. Even her youngest son Arthur wasn't safe. He was at a training camp in Texas flying flimsy practice planes. Yet she was proud of them all. Her relationships with each of her sons were as complicated as theirs were with one another. All of the brothers were fighting for freedom. At the end of World War I, Norman became a Socialist and would run for President six times on the Socialist ticket, and he represented Democratic Socialism until the day he died. He was only 33 when World War I ended yet his journey had already been long. His story is part of the shifting intellectual, social and religious context of the early 20th century. For the Thomas family, conscience was not an empty word - it made demands. The story of the brothers moves from the crowded rivers of Bangkok to the clipped lawns of Princeton University, from the tenements of New York city to the West Wing of the White House and traces the fault lines between liberal Christianity and fundamentalism, civic duty and civil liberties. During the early 20th century, the American government began to play a role in the lives of its citizens it had never played before. New technologies, immigration, scientific advances, religious conflicts and ideological battles were changing the world. A fresh look at World War I told through the story of four brothers and the choices each made. Remainder mark. 320pp in Penguin paperback.
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