Commonweal in the 1920s
The Editors March 7, 2014 - 12:19pm
Proposing the Catholic position to non-Catholics; examining the role of sex in marriage; discussing alcohol, birth control, and immigration: From its founding in 1924, (The) Commonweal has energetically engaged the issues of the day. As we mark our ninetieth anniversary this year, we'll be featuring a selection of articles from our archives from every decade we've been in print. (Some of the authors may be familiar to you, and we include their biographies as they appeared in the original stories.)
First up: The 1920s. We've pulled a half-dozen stories so far, and we'll be posting more from the 1920s through the end of March, so make sure to revisit this page in the coming days. As we continue to mark our ninetieth year in publication, we're focusing on a different decade every month through November.
G.K. Chesteron on marriage and sex, Hilaire Belloc on explaining Catholicism, and J. Eliot Ross on the case for abstinence (from drink).
Joseph I. Breen writes on "spiritual" Chicago, James L. Walsh considers football, and, from 1925, the editors of The Commonweal comment on child labor and the "proposed Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution."
Mark O' Shriver looks at religious liberty through 1920s court cases over reading the bible in school; Marie Reilly Owens writes on Catholic immigration; and John A. Ryan writes on the case of Carrie Buck, a young woman described as "feebleminded" and forced to undergo involuntary sterilization.