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Peter Maurin came from an old French peasant family, was raised in a rural area, and was educated completely within the Catholic tradition. , and Communist ferment of early twentieth-century America, and sustained by her writing and active demonstration. He favored a back-to-the-land solution to social problems; she was interested in urban labor problems and saw the strike as an instrument of social reform. 1 Dorothy Day was born on November 8, 1897, in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, the third of Grace Satterlee and John I.
The agents' thorough investigation even took them to The Lives of the Saints for background data thus inadvertently enlisting the Catholic Worker movement in a spiritual work of mercy, instructing the ignorant. The file, which starts in 1940 and spans about thirty years, indicates that J. Edgar Hoover considered the Catholic Worker movement sufficiently threatening to deserve prosecution on grounds of sedition, and he recommended such action to the Attorney general on at least three different occasions.
She was deeply moved by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy; she was intrigued by Kropotkin's Memoirs of a Revolutionist, "which especially brought to my mind the plight of the poor, of the workers. " She read the life of one of the Haymarket anarchists, and was fascinated by the writings of another revolutionary anarchist, Vera Figner. She also immersed herself in the social novels of Jack London and Upton Sinclair. The Jungle, which exposed the meat-packing industry of Chicago and the West Side's slum poverty, made the most profound impression on her.