Essays of A.J. Muste
The Institute has released a new edition of The Essays of A.J. Muste, first published in 1967. The twenty-eight essays in this nearly 600-page volume are presented as written during the many decades of A.J. Mustes activism. Sketches for an Autobiography eloquently describes his life as a radical pacifist, political organizer, minister and pragmatic philosopher. There are entertaining and historically important accounts of his work with other civil rights, antiwar, and labor leaders and of his international travels to promote peace. The essays paint a clear picture of how Mr. Muste and the pacifist left became the glue that held so many, often disparate, factions together during many eras of progressive organizing in the United States. His political analyses make an excellent foundation for both studying and building effective movements for peace and social justice.
On the current edition:
On the first
Historians of the future who want
to know what it meant to live with integrity in the twentieth-century era of wars
and revolutions will very likely begin with the life of A.J. Muste. He has confronted
the violence which threatens to destroy us with the whole of his life. I am one
of the many who has learned from him the virtues of grace under pressure, and
how to bring to bear wit and compassion simultaneously.