By Kenneth McNaught, Allen Mills
In this stylish and conscientiously researched paintings, Kenneth McNaught info the lifestyles, paintings, and rules of J.S Woodsworth and exhibits the strong ethical and political strength that the pacifist, Methodist philosopher exerted on Canadian politics.
Woodsworth first went to the home of Commons in 1922, and have become chief of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation at its formation in 1933. A socialist to the top, he exhibited his anti-war convictions to Parliament, while, in 1939, he by myself spoke out opposed to becoming a member of the struggle in Europe. Woodsworth's rules and robust social sense of right and wrong helped to form the improvement of the welfare country in Canada, and feature left an highbrow legacy in either socialist and liberal circles.
A Prophet in Politics marks the development of socialism in Canada, in addition to the commercial and political stipulations within the first 1/2 the 20th century. McNaught, who died in 1997, is himself a major determine in Canadian background, having fought as a professor of historical past for tutorial freedom and having introduced the scholarly dialogue of nationwide politics into the general public sphere. on the time of its unique booklet, Globe and Mail reviewers referred to as it 'a definitive biography that during drama and association ranks with the simplest books in regards to the makers of Canada.' This version, provided within the 'Reprints in Canadian historical past' sequence, contains a new creation via Allen Mills.
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Extra info for A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth
Woodsworth's survey of London working-class life was amplified during a visit to a friend who had married a Canadian girl and was in charge of a mission church. Here, accompanying the pastor on his rounds, he obtained intimate glimpses of working-class living conditions. At such close quarters the social problem seemed virtually insoluble. Later, writing home from the quiet of a Christmas day in Yorkshire, he commented, "It was really sickening to see the poverty and distress. . Of course a good share of the poverty is due to improvidence and drunkenness but that does not make it any the less real or pitiable.
My experience has determined my theology, and my theology my attitude toward the Discipline. " Had not the character of the statement's author been known, all this might have been interpreted as a harsh, slashing attack upon the church. Woodsworth himself was aware that men who knew he held such views might question his sincerity in having remained in the ministry after 1902, even knowing the circumstances of that year. Thus, he included several paragraphs of personal explanation. With me it was not a case of entering the church.
But what of the content of the lectures and the predominant opinions of his associates in Mansfield House? One talk he heard was by a pastor of a certain brotherhood church, a representative of Christian Socialism. " Perhaps it was because Methodist training had been more intensive on the subject of drink than on the topics of war and politics that Woodsworth was frankly open-minded on the latter subjects, while on the former he had considerable difficulty. On occasion he was even prepared to offer a tentative defence of certain positions.