The Nation: Radical Prophet

Dorothy Day was in jail again last week, and when Dorothy Day goes to jail, it is usually for a cause worth examining. Since her first arrest as a suffragette in 1917, the 75-year-old author-activist has proved herself a prophet of causes that others will eventually join. A redoubtable spokeswoman for pacifism and social reform, she earned an almost annual trip to New York City jails during the '50s for her refusal to participate in compulsory air-raid drills. This time she was arrested, with more than 2,100 Mexican-Americans and members of the Catholic clergy, for demonstrating on the picket lines of...

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