LEON ATKIN - LEAFLET SIGNED - HFSID 146502
Sale Price $198.00
The minister and proponent of the Social Gospel pens his name on this leaflet encouraging the people of Swansea to vote
Leaflet Signed: “Leon Atkin” 6¾x4¾. Handout encouraging people to vote in the Victoria Ward Municipal Election. Dated May 8, 1952. Leon Atkin (1902-1976) was a minister who abided by the Social Gospel and campaigned for human rights. He began preaching at a young age, and went on to complete an engineering apprenticeship before beginning formal training to become a preacher at Methodist College in Handsworth, Birmingham. Adopting the Social Gospel, Atkin devoted much of his outreach efforts to caring for the homeless and those otherwise in need. He became known for holding open-air meetings and debating communists and nonbelievers alike in front of rapt audiences of up to 900 people. Despite the fact that he had at one point considered himself a pacifist, Atkin joined the Royal Artillery in 1940. He went on to serve as an Army Chaplain upon the invitation of the United Chaplains Board. When he returned to Swansea he was shut out of St. Paul (the congregation he had left to serve in the military), but continued to conduct open-air meetings and carried on with his unwavering devotion to care for those in need. Heavily toned. Pencil drawing on verso in margin. Centralized vertical fold running the full length of the leaflet. Otherwise, fine condition.
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