1952 HELEN W. WOOD a COMMUNIST ACTIVIST turned EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN **SIGNED**
AMERICA, LOOK AND LIVE! by Helen W. Wood. An autobiography of her conversion from Communism to evangelical Christianity.
SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the first blank page: "Sincerely Yours / Helen Wood Birnie / John 15:13". (John 15:13 reads "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.") Helen Wood Birnie is Helen W. Wood's married name.
Published by American Soul Clinic and Printed by Bedrock Press, Los Angeles, 1952.
Softcovers, booklet, side stapled, 5.5x8 inches, 77 pages.
GOOD condition, some light soiling and signs of handling to the covers, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. A nice copy.
Helen W. Wood was a lifelong white activist working to defend the rights and save the souls of African Americans. In the 1930s she was a Communist Party organizer. She converted to Christianity while working in the defense of an African American youth in Iowa charged with murder. The Iowa Communist Party opposed her work, but her efforts were supported by the local evangelicals. This began her conversion from Communism to Evangelical Christianity, a process completed in a Los Angeles skid row mission where she continued to work to better the lives of African Americans in need of help.
Though an Anti-Communist tract, it is also an interesting autobiography that envisions evangelical Christians as people who would not tolerate racism (especially from a President).
Scarce, especially so SIGNED.