Dorothy Day: A Countercultural Divine Activist

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Dr. Jeanne Petit, Hope College

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Oxford dictionary defines the term “counterculture” as “a way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm.” Throughout the twentieth century there were many countercultural movements led by religious believers who sought to take action on public concerns and even political policy. This poster will examine Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker Movement is an example of one such movement. Inspired by her Catholic religious beliefs, Day started the Catholic Worker Movement which served as a vehicle for her to profess and practice ideas that were drastically against the social norms. She challenged the culture around her by stretching gender roles, standing against a popular war, and embracing poverty when other Americans aspired for greater material gain. Dorothy Day was a writer, activist, socialist, mother and devote Catholic through all of these roles she had a great impact on the twentieth century American culture.

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