"Do Not Misunderstand Me"
The Collected Radical Addresses to the Unity Congregation (1888-1891)
Hugh Own Pentecost
Robert P. Helms, editor
"Do Not Misunderstand Me": The Collected Radical Addresses to the Unity Congregation (188-1891)
7X10; 2 vols., p. TBD
These addresses were originally given to Pentecost's Unity Congregation, which he started in 1887 after breaking with mainstream Christian denominations. The text of the addresses were subsequently published in Pentecost's journal, Twentieth Century, and are collected here for the first time. They concern social justice issues which are as pertinent today as they were in Pentecost's time: poverty, income inequality, the death penalty, education, and more. These addresses stand as important artifacts expressing the philosophies behind many of the radical reform movements of the late 19th-century, while still holding meaning for our current time.
Hugh Owen Pentecost (1848-1907) was an American minister, lawyer, and publisher. He espoused the single-tax theories of economist and social reformer Henry George, and was associated with socialist and anarchist political philosophies. While little known today, Pentecost was a well-known and controversial figure during his lifetime.
Robert P. Helms, editor, is an independent historian based in Philadelphia. He has previously edited and annotated the memoirs of Philadelphia anarchist Chaim Weinberg (Forty Years in the Struggle; Litwin Books, 2009) and edits the Guinea Pig Zero and Dead Anarchists websites.
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