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William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience

Warren Goldstein

Abstract

A magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. was the premier voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, and a worthy heir to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. From his pulpits at Yale University and, later, New York City's Riverside Church, Coffin focused national attention on civil rights, the anti-Vietnam War movement, disarmament, and gay rights. This biography—based on access to family papers and candid interviews with Coffin, his colleagues, family, friends, lovers, and wives—tells the remarkable story of Coffin's life ... More

Keywords: William Sloane Coffin Jr, northern religious liberalism, Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights, Vietnam War, disarmament, gay rights, Boston Five, Freedom Ride, liberal religious dissent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300102215
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102215.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Warren Goldstein, author