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An Eye For Others: Dorothy Day, Journalist:…

An Eye For Others: Dorothy Day, Journalist: 1916-1917

by Tom McDonough

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Many books have been written about Dorothy Day. This one is different, as it illuminates her formative teenage years. She left a record of her views then, as a reporter and feature writer for The New York Call. Vivid accounts of poverty, even starvation, on New York’s East Side, written with sympathy and purpose. Details of the human condition in capitalist America circa World War I. A muckraker, she called herself “the sob sister of The Call.”

Her writing style was “fresh, whimsical, personal.” Creative and bluntly realistic. She had an eye for others and an ear for the sufferings of the poor. She wrote about real people, not the masses, not abstract isms. Already in 1917 she was well on her way to being the person she became after her religious conversion.

This book draws on her later writings as well, plus those of her colleagues Mike Gold and Floyd Dell. Here are good insights into the artistic and literary notables she worked with, the socialists, anarchists, and Wobblies she hung out with, and the public figures she encountered in her work, such as Leon Trotsky. Lots of hands-on history here.

Highly recommended to Catholic Workers, New Yorkers, and historians of the World War I period. Illustrated. No index. ( )
  pjsullivan | Nov 26, 2016 |
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"I LOVE this book!"
Jane Sammon, Maryhouse, NYC, May 27, 2016

"A nation can be considered great when it ... strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work" (Pope Francis, Address to U.S. Congress). That work began in the autumn of 1916 when Dorothy was hired by The New York Call at the age of 18. Guided by two dozen articles with her byline, we encounter a writer at the outset of her career dedicated to changing a world indifferent to the plight of the less fortunate through journalism.Dorothy's months at The Call coincide with the United States' buildup for its entrance into the war raging in Europe. This drumbeat for war sets the pace as young Dorothy composes her articles as a pacifist and friend of the working poor.Those who know Dorothy through her later work will recognize her eye for others and her unwavering commitment to a peaceful society through mutual cooperation, justice and brotherly love.

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