March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs
Under the banner of human rights, ecumenical Protestants waged a public assault on segregation in the 1940s. In the Journal of American History, I write about how Protestants became champions of human rights abroad and how the global rhetoric inspired the fight against Jim Crow at home: https://academic.oup.com/jah/article/105/2/267/5085737
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Why did the U.S. embrace the language of human rights in the 1940s? In this article for the Journal of the History of Ideas, I argue that the 1940s-era human rights language of “dignity” “personality,” and the “human person” was invented and popularized by liberal Protestants.
Part of a special forum on “Christianity and Human Rights”
Three American Protestant representatives at the World Council of Churches meeting in New Delhi, 1961. I have written about the Protestant encounter with the world’s diversity here: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/2/17/htm
American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr teaching a class at Union Theological Seminary, 1952. I have written about Niebuhr’s place in American history here: http://religionandpolitics.org/2017/04/25/reinhold-niebuhr-washingtons-favorite-theologian/
Kennedy and the World Council of Churches
John F. Kennedy and Dean Rusk meet with World Council of Churches delegation. I have written about the history of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish relations (a part of a longer history of “Judeo-Christianity”) here: https://aeon.co/ideas/the-strange-short-career-of-judeo-christianity
Word of Life Mural, Notre Dame University
Why do Catholics make up a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices? In this article, I look to the 19th-century history of institution-building to explain how Catholics, in a sense, became the brains of the American religious Right: https://aeon.co/ideas/evangelicals-bring-the-votes-catholics-bring-the-brains
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Gene Zubovich is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Toronto. He writes on the history of the United States, international relations, human rights, and religion and politics.