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An inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, and other leaders of the civil rights movement, Howard Thurman was a crucial figure in the advancement of African Americans in the 20th century. Until now, however, he has not received the full biographical treatment he deserves. In Against the Hounds of Hell, Thurman scholar Peter Eisenstadt offers a fascinating exploration of the life of this great religious thinker and activist.

The first significant African American pacifist, Thurman was the first African American to meet Mahatma Gandhi. An early and outspoken feminist, environmentalist, and advocate for social and economic justice, he was one of the first and most insistent mid-20th century proponents of racial integration. At the same time, he was a key figure in the emergence of mysticism and "spirituality" as an alternative to formal religion. Against the Hounds of Hell will at last establish this multifaceted historical personage as a leading figure of 20th century American politics, religion, and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Deep River
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. 2. "My People Need Me"
  2. pp. 47-60
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  1. 3. "The Personification of the Morehouse Ideal"
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. 4. "The Sound of Rushing Water"
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. 5. A New Prophet in Oberlin
  2. pp. 97-117
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  1. 6. "A Technique of Survival for the Underprivileged"
  2. pp. 118-138
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  1. 7. In Black Athens
  2. pp. 139-157
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  1. 8. Delivering the Message of Nonviolence
  2. pp. 158-183
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  1. 9. Footsteps of a War, Footprints of a Dream
  2. pp. 184-217
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  1. 10. In the Queen of Cities
  2. pp. 218-243
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  1. 11. Against the Hounds of Hell
  2. pp. 244-273
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  1. 12. Disciplines and Reso
  2. pp. 274-307
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  1. 13. "The Stillness of Absolute Motion"
  2. pp. 308-335
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  1. 14. Common Ground? Coming Aground?
  2. pp. 336-362
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  1. 15. With Head and Heart
  2. pp. 363-394
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 395-502
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 503-506
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  1. Illustration Credits
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813944531
Related ISBN
9780813944524
MARC Record
OCLC
1191456342
Pages
544
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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