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Holy Toledo: Religion and Politics in the Life of "Golden Rule" Jones Hardcover – June 24, 1998

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"Contributes to understanding how Protestant ideals have at times motivated individual public actors."―Indiana Magazine of History

"The first scholar to plumb the inner workings of the tortured soul of one of America's premiere social reform mayors."―Melvin G. Holli

"The man she presents was a conflict-ridden individual who was confounded by interlaced feelings of shame and guilt that were rooted in his Welsh evangelicalism."―Michigan Historical Review

"An important book, will-researched and objectively written."―Ohioana History

"Jones has combined insights gleaned from a careful study of the literature relating to the influence of religion, self-identity, and social class on the leaders of the turn of the century progressive movement to produce a fascinating biography of Samuel 'Golden Rule' Jones, mayor of Toledo from 1897 to 1904 and an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Ohio in 1899."―The Midwest Quarterly

"A splendid biography depicting a divided and troubled man."―Choice

"The first scholar to plumb the inner workings of the tortured soul of one of America's premiere social reform mayors."―Melvin G. Holli, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Holy Toledo is the first biography of one of the most remarkable social reformers of this century. It is the story of one man's attempts to remake himself, the workplace, and the city along Christian democratic lines. Jones was a deeply divided man: the successful businessman turned reformer who, after more than a decade of remarkable fidelity to the Golden Rule, still believed he had failed. Unlike most progressive reformers, Jones was in a position to initiate real change. His factory workers shared in the profits and took advantage of day-care facilities for their children. As mayor, he was a nationally revered public figure who supported municipal ownership of utilities, ended the practice of jailing the homeless, and made available free legal counsel to those who needed it. Marnie Jones relies upon a rich collection of unpublished documents to tell the compelling story of the only man in America to have run a city on the principles of the Sermon on the Mount.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; First Edition edition (June 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813120624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813120621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides a strong background into the man that ran his life, company and a city by the "Golden Rule". In a time when big business ruled and exploited the American worker with slave wages and no protection, "Golden Rule" Jones reshaped and redefined our ideas of the workplace and in doing so challenged a whole generation of reformers. Marnie provides a very well documented book on "Golden Rule" Jones with a heavy emphasis on his personal and professional struggles throughout his life. It provides a great insight into Sam's pre-success years in OH and PA when he had "Oil on the Brain". A must read for any Human Resource or CEO's in learning how to treat their employees with respect, fair wages and good benefits. This book would also be a great asset for any students of religion, sociology, American studies, urban policies and, or history majors. This book will transform you, and you will be transformed by the ideas of S.M. Jone!
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