Between the Lines

In a brief letter to the editors (November 3, 1939) commending Commonweal on the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary, Dorothy Day wrote that Catholic Worker cofounder Peter Maurin "always says that it is the duty of the journalist to make history as well as record it." By Maurin’s standard, few journalists accomplished as much as Day herself. Fifty years after Commonweal printed an excerpt from her then forthcoming autobiography, The...

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Patrick Jordan is a former managing editor of Commonweal.