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An Eye For Others, Dorothy Day Journalist: 1916-1917

This book by Tom McDonough opens a new dimension on Dorothy Day whose life has been recorded in numerous biographies and through many prisms.

The 39 articles with her byline in The New York Call guide the reader through New York City, as 18 year old Dorothy visits the homes of the working poor and interviews figures who shaped the 20th Century, such as Leon Trotsky and Margaret Sanger, while America descends into the Great War.

Throughout, we encounter the same Dorothy many came to know later, a woman awake to the human dignity of the less fortunate and vehemently committed to peace.

Her months at The Call are October, 1916 through April, 1917. The 100th anniversary is just around the corner.

Read Tom McDonough's first chapter that introduces the articles: "Chapter 1. "A Starting Point"

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The articles:

Some of the articles in An Eye For Others are excerpted. These are the complete texts in chronological order.

  1. "GIRL REPORTER WITH THREE CENTS IN PURSE, BRAVES NIGHT COURT LAWYERS" (DDLW #61)

  2. "REPORTER LOOKS INTO FADS, FACTS AND FANCIES, AND THINGS AT RAND SCHOOL" (DDLW #98)

  3. "MR. J.D. ROCKEFELLER, 26 BROADWAY--HERE'S A FAMILY LIVING ON DOG FOOD!" (DDLW #62)

  4. "HIGH PRICES COMPEL HOUSEWIFE TO USE CORNMEAL FOR FLOUR IN BREAD" (DDLW #62)

  5. "THE SHORT AND SIMPLE ANNALS OF THE POOR ARE SLOW STARVATION" (DDLW #64)

  6. "HUNTING A 'STORY'" (DDLW #67)

  7. "EAST SIDE HOME IS COLD AND DREARY, BECAUSE MACHINE TAKES TAILOR’S JOB" (DDLW #67)

  8. "HERE'S A HOME IN WHICH GIRLS MAY BURY PAST WOES" (DDLW #90)

  9. "DYING MAN UNABLE TO CARVE TURKEY IF FAMILY HAD ONE, BUT IT HASN'T; ANOTHER HOME HAS FAMISHED BROOD" (DDLW #65)

  10. “DOCTOR SAID IT WAS MALNUTRITION; ONE BABY ‘BATTY,’ ANOTHER ON THE WAY.” (DDLW #66)

  11. “CAN’T PREACH SERMON ABOUT BENNY LEONARD” (DDLW #94)

  12. “NEW YORK CALL'S DIET SQUAD TRIES LIFE ON $5 A 'WEAK'; SHE SAYS OUTLOOK IS BRIGHT” (DDLW #68)

  13. "REPORTER ON $5 A WEEK EATS FARINA AND CHEESE, AND READS WORDSWORTH" (DDLW #69)

  14. “CALL’S DIET SQUAD GIVES REPORT – SHE IS 48 CENTS TO THE GOOD” (DDLW #70)

  15. “CALL’S DIET SQUAD FIGHTS HARD AGAINST SOLITUDE OF TEEMING CITY” (DDLW #71)

  16. “CALL’S DIET SQUAD IS ACCUSED OF GLUTTONY BY EXPERTS” (DDLW #72)

  17. “'MAN CANNOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE,'AND NEITHER CAN A NORMAL WOMAN” (DDLW #73)

  18. "CALL'S DIET SQUAD OFFICIALLY REPORTS SYSTEM WON'T WORK" (DDLW #74)

  19. "EXILE TELLS WAR'S EFFECTS ON SOCIALISM AND NATIONS" (DDLW #85)

  20. "DOES HEAVEN PROTECT WORKING GIRL? TAXI, COP, MATRON, ANSWER" (DDLW #88)

  21. "PLUCKY GIRL OF PICKET LINE BRAVES KNIVES OF SCABS AND 'GUERIILLAS'" (DDLW #88)

  22. "MRS. BYRNE, IN COLLAPSE, IS PARDONED BY WHITMAN" (DDLW #77)

  23. "MRS. BYRNE TOO WEAK TO EAT AFTER ORDEAL AT WORKHOUSE" (DDLW #78)

  24. "MRS. BYRNE WELL WHEN SENTENCED SAYS PHYSICIAN" (DDLW #95)

  25. "7,000 COULD LIVE ON SUM ASTOR BABY REQUIRES" (DDLW #76)

  26. "MRS. BYRNE TELLS HER FIRST STORY OF LIFE DURING HUNGER STRIKE" (DDLW #79)

  27. "BLACKWELLS ISLAND GRAY, DEAD, DESOLATE, DECLARES MRS. BYRNE" (DDLW #92)

  28. "MRS. SANGER PUT NEAR MANIAC" (DDLW #96)

  29. "HERE'S A HOME IN WHICH GIRLS MAY BURY PAST WOES" (DDLW #90)

  30. "WHAT! BREAD CRUMBS GO TO WASTE! WON'T POOR EVER LEARN?" (DDLW #80)

  31. "PRICES GOING UP, UP, UP, UP, UP, UP! FAMINE THREATENS" (DDLW #75)

  32. "EAST SIDE WOMEN, STARVING, WILL KEEP CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL" (DDLW #87)

  33. "THIS IS JUST THE SIMPLE STORY OF POOR WOLFE LUSTIG" (DDLW #91)

  34. "NOTHING TO PAWN BUT HER BODY; POLICE TAKE THAT" (DDLW #82)

  35. "GIRL ON $12 A WEEK SNEERS AT ANNE MORGAN'S IDEA OF EASE AND COMFORT ON $15" (DDLW #83)

  36. "JERSEY WORKERS NOT URGING WAR, PACIFISTS FIND" (DDLW #99)

  37. "PEACE PILGRIMS FIND COMMON PEOPLE DON'T FAVOR WAR'S MADNESS" (DDLW #84)

  38. "DELAWARE WORKERS EMPHATICALLY SHOUT: "WE DON'T WANT WAR!"" (DDLW #97)

  39. "EUROPE'S MOLOCH CLAIMS OLD MAN'S SON; HE COMES TO AMERICA AND STARVES" (DDLW #89)