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Algernon D. Black papers, 1932-1979

Series II: Algernon D. Black--Platform Addresses, 1932-1973

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Box 17-27 Given at regular Sunday morning meetings of the New York Society for Ethical Culture



Box 1-3 1932 January 17: The Myth of Rugged Individualism, 1932 January


Box 1-3 1933 November 6: Our Political Ideals and the City Election, 1933 November


1934


Box 1-3 January 28: The Rights of Children


Box 1-3 April 15: The Coming Struggle for Power


Box 1-3 November 11: How Can We Prepare for Peace?


1935


Box 1-3 April (Easter): New Horizons


Box 1-3 November 24: "It Can't Happen Here" -- Sinclair Lewis


1936


Box 1-3 (No date): Mr. Justice Brandeis


Box 1-3 (No date): Ethical Values in Crisis: The Spanish Revolt


Box 1-3 March 1: Betrayal in Politics


1937


Box 1-3 (No date): The Problem of Divorce


Box 1-3 (No date): The Meaning of Industrial Unrest


Box 1-3 (Easter): Death and Birth of a World


Box 1-3 October 24: Can Democracy Defeat Dictatorship?


Box 1-3 November 14: Should the Church Fight Radicalism?


1938


Box 1-3 January 23: What Kind of Revolution Does American Youth Want?


Box 1-3 February 27: The War Spirit Versus the People's Will to Peace


Box 1-3 March 27: American Patriotism --What Does It Mean?


Box 1-3 October 30: Democracy: The Road Ahead


Box 1-3 November 20: Anti-Semitism: What Is the Answer?


1939


Box 1-3 January 15: "Man's Hope" and "Man's Fate": Andre Malraux


Box 1-3 February 7: The Choice Before American Youth Today


Box 1-3 April 9: Human Faith Under Fire


Box 1-3 September 10: Does Modern Man Need Religion?


Box 1-3 November 12: The Meaning of Hitler


Box 1-3 November 19: The Hard Road to Peace


1940


Box 1-3 January 14: Integrity in Public Life


Box 1-3 February 18: Is the New Deal Dead?


Box 1-3 March 24: A New World: Man's Unconquerable Hope


Box 1-3 October 20: The Rediscovery of Citizenship


Box 1-3 November 10: Is Pacifism the Answer? (Armistice Day)


1941


Box 1-3 February 2: Have Men Lost Their God?


Box 1-3 February 9: The Individual and Mass Behavior


Box 1-3 March 9: Youth's Call to the Older Generation


Box 1-3 April 13: The Ethics of Jesus in a World at War


Box 1-3 June 8: Youth in Search of Religion


Box 1-3 October 5: Dare We Believe in People?


Box 1-3 October 26: Can We Defeat Fascism?


Box 1-3 November 16: American Attitude Toward Soviet Russia


Box 1-3 December 21: Where Men Meet to Seek --A Christmas Talk


1942


Box 1-3 January 18: The War Crisis and This Generation


Box 1-3 March 29: A World Without Hitler


Box 1-3 May 10: Democracy's Unfinished Business


Box 1-3 October 25: Does the World Want Peace?


1943


Box 1-3 March 7: A World Without Hate


Box 1-3 March 14: Our Godless Age


Box 1-3 March 21: The Challenge of Soviet Russia


Box 1-3 March 28: Henry Wallace and the Prophetic Vision


Box 1-3 May 18: Japanese-Americans: Fellow Citizens


Box 1-3 June 13: America's Inner Crisis


Box 1-3 October 31: The Reconstruction of Democratic Society: What Is America's Religion?


Box 1-3 November 7: The Reconstruction of Democratic Society:


Box 1-3 November 7: Free Enterprise Versus Collectivism


Box 1-3 November 14: The Reconstruction of Democratic Society: Will Victory Bring Peace?


Box 1-3 November 21: The Reconstruction of Democratic Society: Wanted: A New Citizenship


1944


Box 1-3 April 16: America's Hour of Danger: Your Stake in the Coming Peace


Box 1-3 April 23: The Rising Tide of Race Conflict


Box 1-3 July 23: Spiritual Security in Wartime


Box 1-3 October 1: The Meaning of Hitler's Defeat


Box 1-3 October 8: The Return of the Soldier


Box 1-3 October 15: The World Crisis and Its Meaning: Is Peace an Illusion?


Box 1-3 October 22 The World Crisis and Its Meaning: What Are We Living For?


1945


Box 1-3 April 1: The Reconstruction of Democratic Faith: The Rebirth of the Democratic World -- An Easter Address


Box 1-3 April 8: The Reconstruction of Democratic Faith: Soviet Russia --A Promise or a Threat?


Box 1-3 April 15: The Reconstruction of Democratic Faith" The Ethics of Private Property Re-Examined


Box 1-3 April 22: Victory: A Challenge to the Schools of America


Box 1-3 June 10: Religion in the Post-War Period


Box 1-3 October 28: A Faith for Free Americans: I: Have We Destroyed Fascism?


Box 1-3 November 4: A Faith for Free Americans: II: Will Collectivism End Freedom?


Box 1-3 November 11: A Faith for Free Americans: III: War or Peace: Science Forces the Issue


Box 1-3 November 18: A Faith for Free Americans: IV: In War and Peace


1946


Box 1-3 February 24: Is Anti-Semitism a Christian Problem


Box 1-3 March 3: The Role of Youth in the Post-War World


Box 1-3 October 27: Must Capitalism Fight Socialism?


Box 1-3 November 3: The Corruption of Democracy


Box 1-3 November 10: The Individual and the Drift to War


Box 1-3 November 17: Religion at the Crossroads


1947


Box 1-3 February 23: On Being an American


Box 1-3 March 2: An Ethical Challenge to Businessmen


Box 1-3 March 9: The Twilight of Imperialism


Box 1-3 March 16: The Sources of Our Faith in People


Box 1-3 October 26: A Faith in God Re-Examined


Box 1-3 November 2: A Faith in Man Re-Examined


Box 1-3 November 9: The Will to Peace: An Armistice Day Address


1948


Box 1-3 February 29: What Is Loyalty?


Box 1-3 March 7: A Man's Religion and His Politics


Box 1-3 March 14: Wanted: An Honest Morality


Box 1-3 April 25: War or Peace With Russia?


Box 1-3 November 28: Has Science Destroyed Faith?


Box 1-3 December 5: Wanted: A New Political Ethics


Box 1-3 December 12: Work Incentives in a New Social Order


1949


Box 1-3 April 10: Moses: His God and His Ethics


Box 1-3 April 17: Jesus: His God and His Ethics


Box 1-3 April 24: The Fear of Communism and Democratic Faith


Box 1-3 May1: Reconstructing International Relations


Box 1-3 September 25: The Meaning of Man's Quest for God


Box 1-3 October 2: The Conflict of Church and Sate


Box 1-3 October 9: Communism and the World Crisis


Box 1-3 October 16: Can We Still Believe in People?


1950


Box 1-3 April 16: A Dying Imperialism and the Birth of a New World


Box 1-3 November 12: The World Crisis and Its Meaning


Box 1-3 November 19: The Welfare State: Its Strengths and Weaknesses


Box 1-3 November 26: Who Are the Loyal Americans?


1951


Box 1-3 April 1: America's -Hour of Danger


Box 1-3 April 29: America's Sense of Values


Box 1-3 May Ethical Platform (5 addresses)


Box 1-3 October 7: The Individual Under Socialism


Box 1-3 October 14: The Reformation of Democracy


Box 1-3 October-November: Ethical Platform (5 addresses)


1952


Box 1-3 January: Ethical Platform (1 ADB address)


Box 1-3 February 17: Honor in Public Life


Box 1-3 February 24: Essentials of an Ethical Economy


Box 1-3 March 2: The Moral Basis for Peace With Russia


Box 1-3 September 31: Are We Fit for Freedom?


Box 1-3 November 9: America's Decision: What Does It Mean?


Box 1-3 November 16: The Fascist Threat to American Freedom


Box 1-3 Ethical Platform: Digests of: l) America's Decision: What Does It Mean? (11/9); 2)The Fascist Threat to America's Freedom (11/16); 3)Can Men Live Without God? (11/23); and addresses by J. Nathanson.


Box 1-3 December 7: War or Peace - Do We Have a Choice?


1953


Box 1-3 April 12: A World Without Stalin


Box 1-3 April 19: The Honor of a Citizen


Box 1-3 March-April: Ethical Platform (4 ADB addresses)


Box 1-3 September 20: Our Quest for Security


Box 1-3 October 4: Capitalism, Socialism and Human Welfare


Box 1-3 October 25: Democratic Versus Authoritarian Religion


Box 1-3 (1954 No Platform Addresses)


1955


Box 1-3 March 27: Capitalism, Socialism and Human Welfare


Box 1-3 April 3: Israel and the World's Conscience


Box 1-3 April 10: Resurrection of the Human Spirit


Box 1-3 April 17: Loyalty in a Revolutionary Age


Box 1-3 April 24: India: Spiritual Challenge to the West


Box 1-3 April-May: Ethical Platform: Digests of: l)Israel and the World's Conscience (4/3); 2) The Resurrection of the Human Spirit -An Easter address (4/10); 3)Loyalty in a Revolutionary Age (4/17); 4)India: Spiritual Challenge to the West (4/24); and an address by J. Nathanson.


Box 1-3 November 13: War Begins in the Minds of Men


Box 1-3 November 20: Can We Depend Upon Human Reason?


1956


Box 1-3 March 4: Ethical Faith in a Godless World


Box 1-3 March 18: Racial Segregation: America's Dilemma


Box 1-3 July 8: Is There a Law of Righteousness?


Box 1-3 November 11: The World Crisis -America's Responsibility


Box 1-3 October-November: Ethical Platform: Digests of: l) Man in Search of God (10/28); 2)The Redemption of Democracy (11/4); 3) The World Crisis: Our American Responsibilities (11/11); 4) Our Happiness and Our Moral Values (11/18); and an address by H. Neumann.


1957


Box 1-3 March 24: The Israel-Arab Conflict and the Conscience of the World


Box 1-3 April 14: Race Conflict-America's Dilemma


Box 1-3 April 21: Spiritual Values and the Pursuit of Happiness


Box 1-3 Ethical Platform: Digests of: l)Parents, Children, and the American Family (4/7); 2)Race Conflict -America's Dilemma (4/14); 3)Spiritual Values and the Pursuit of Happiness (4/21); and an address by H. Neumann.


Box 1-3 July 14: Atomic Energy for Life or Death


Box 1-3 December 8: Juvenile Crime: Whose Responsibility?


Box 1-3 December 15: Soviet Achievement -Its Implications for America


Box 1-3 Ethical Platform (3 ABD addresses)


1958


Box 1-3 March 16: The Ordeal of American Youth


Box 1-3 March 23: Wanted: An Ethical Foreign Policy


Box 1-3 March 30: American Labor Under Fire


Box 1-3 July 6: Foundations of American Independence: Religious Freedom


Box 1-3 July 13: Foundations of American Independence: Human Rights


Box 1-3 October 12: Little Rock: Symbol of America's Dilemma


Box 1-3 October 19: How Can Religion Help Children Face Life?


Box 1-3 October Our Relations With China -The Ethical Question


Box 1-3 November 1: Can Humanism Meet Man's Spiritual Need?


1959


Box 1-3 February 15: Organ Dedication and Meetinghouse Rededication (With J. Nathanson) March 1: The Affluent Society -An Ethical View


Box 1-3 March 8: Our Faith in Human Equality


Box 1-3 March 15: Love and Hate in Human Relations


Box 1-3 March 22: Ancient Prophecy and the Space Age


Box 1-3 July 26: The Meaning of Ethical Culture


Box 1-3 November 22: American-Soviet Relations: The Individual's Responsibility


Box 1-3 November 29: Youth's Challenge to the Older Generation


Box 1-3 December 6: The Family of Man: Our Common Ground of Faith


Box 1-3 December 13: The Courage to Live


1960


Box 1-3 April 3: The Plight of the City --Citizens and Politicians


Box 1-3 April 10: Our Image of America


Box 1-3 April 17: The Moral Crisis of Our Time --An Easter Address


Box 1-3 April 24: Disarmament and the Hope for a Lasting Peace


Box 1-3 July 24: What Is the Greatest Challenge to Education


Box 1-3 July 31: Peace Is Everyone's Responsibility


Box 1-3 October 9: An Ethical View of Intermarriage


Box 1-3 October 16: What We Have Learned About Human Nature in the


Box 1-3 20th Century


Box 1-3 October 23: The Reconstruction of American Ideals


Box 1-3 October 30: Ethical Issues of the Election


Box 1-3 November 6: Wanted: A Foreign Policy for Peace


1961


Box 1-3 February 19: Our Sources of Inner Strength


Box 1-3 February 26: American Youth, Its Rights and Responsibilities


Box 1-3 March 5: The Quest for World Community - Dream or Reality?


Box 1-3 March 12: Landlords and Tenants: The Ethics of Property


Box 1-3 March 19: The Faith in God Re-Examined


Box 1-3 May 28: Ethical Humanism in the Changing World


Box 1-3 November 5: The Election, the City and the Citizen


Box 1-3 November 12: Reflections on Life and Death in the Nuclear Age


Box 1-3 November 19: The Ten Commandments and Our Changing Morality


Box 1-3 December 3: Our Attitude Toward the Communist World


Box 1-3 December 10: What We Stand For -- The Meaning of Ethical Faith


1962


Box 1-3 March 25: An Ethical Critique of "Slums and Suburbs" by


Box 1-3 Dr. James B. Conant


Box 1-3 April 1: War and the Human Conscience


Box 1-3 April 8: The Older Generation — Has It a Place in Modern


Box 1-3 Civilization?


Box 1-3 April 15: The Culture of Poverty and the Cult of Revolution


Box 1-3 April 22: The Meaning of Death and Resurrection -~ An Easter Address


Box 1-3 September 9: Our Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court


Box 1-3 September 16: Has Science Destroyed Our Faith?


Box 1-3 September 23: What Is a Good Life?


Box 1-3 September 30: The American Dream Our Unfinished Business


Box 1-3 October 7:One World or None


1963


Box 1-3 February 10: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation -A Century Later


Box 1-3 February 17: Myth and Reality: What Can a Man Believe?


Box 1-3 February 24: American Labor Faces a New Challenge


Box 1-3 March 3: Terminating Life: Has Man the Right to Make This Decision? (Ethical Aspects of Euthanasia)


Box 1-3 March 10: Cuba and the Foundations of Peace


Box 1-3 June 16: Our Freedom at Stake --National Unity and States' Rights


Box 1-3 November 17: Civil Disobedience and Loyalty --Are They Contradictory?


Box 1-3 November 24: The Death of the President Birth Control --Personal Ethics and Public Policy


Box 1-3 December: Ethical Platform (2 ADB addresses)


1964


Box 1-3 March 22: Human Destiny and Human Happiness


Box 1-3 March 29: The Power to Create and the Power to Love


Box 1-3 June 28: The American Promise: What Is Required of Us?


Box 1-3 August 23: Men -Angels, Devils or Humans? (revised 7/10/66)


Box 1-3 September 20: What Are the Loyalties of American Youth?


Box 1-3 September 27: Integrity in Public Life


Box 1-3 October 4: The War Nobody Wants


Box 1-3 October 11: Free Enterprise, Poverty and Planning


Box 1-3 October 18: Our Sons and Our Daughters


Box 1-3 December 13: And the Walls Came Tumbling Down


1965


Box 1-3 January 31: Our Attitude Toward China


Box 1-3 February 7: Increasing Crime: The Danger in Our City


Box 1-3 February 14: Lincoln: The Promises Men Live By


Box 1-3 February 21: Do We Still Fear Intermarriage?


Box 1-3 February 28: The Perils of Humanism


Box 1-3 June 27: Peace Is Everyone's Responsibility


Box 1-3 October 31: Crucial Issues in the City Elections


Box 1-3 November 7: The Anti-Poverty Program: Hand-Out or Social Reconstruction?


Box 1-3 November 14: The War in Vietnam and America's Conscience


Box 1-3 December 19: Planets, People and Promises --A Holiday Message for Young and Old


1966


Box 1-3 March 6: Marriage and Divorce: Light and Shadow in Family Life


Box 1-3 March 13: Ghettos in the Promised L~nd


Box 1-3 March 20: The Double Standard in International Morality


Box 1-3 March 27: In Defense of Humanism


Box 1-3 May 15: Three Tributes to the Ethical Movement on Its 90th Anniversary, and Ethical Faith in a Revolutionary Age


Box 1-3 July 10: Men --Angels, Devils or Humans? (revised version see also 8/23/64.)


Box 1-3 November 27: The Wretched of the Earth


Box 1-3 December 4: Liberalism and the New Left


Box 1-3 December 11: The Victories of War and the Defeats of Peace


Box 1-3 December 18: The Happiness We Seek and the Happiness We Find


Box 1-3 December 25: A Christmas Message


1967


Box 1-3 March 12: The Abortion Issue and the Sanctity of Life


Box 1-3 March 19: The Growing Conservative Movement: Challenge to America's Freedom


Box 1-3 March 26: You Shall Be As Gods


Box 1-3 July 9: Does Might Make Right?


Box 1-3 July 30: Human Values in American Culture (A Conversation Between A.D. Black and James Farmer)


Box 1-3 November 26: A World Worth Fighting For


Box 1-3 December 3: Myth and Reality: Our Gods and Our Heroes


Box 1-3 December 10: Racism Is a Two-Way Street


1968


Box 1-3 February 11: The Strength and the Might of the Powerless


Box 1-3 March 3: Ideals and Illusions in World Affairs


Box 1-3 March 24: The Child's Future and the World's Uncertainty


Box 1-3 March 31: The Keys to the City


Box 1-3 April 7: Black and White Americans: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Box 1-3 May 19: The Education of the Child in Ethical Humanism


Box 1-3 June 9: The Heroic in Life --A Tribute to Robert Kennedy


Box 1-3 July 14: Housing Issues in the Present Urban Crisis


1969


Box 1-3 March 30: Can American Civilization Save Itself?


Box 1-3 June 8: Politics and Ethics: Our Fears and Hopes for the City


Box 1-3 June 13: Youth's Revolt: Promises and Compromises


Box 1-3 August 10: How We See Ourselves


Box 1-3 November 23: The Caves We Live In


Box 1-3 November 30: The Forgotten American


Box 1-3 December 7: A World Without God


Box 1-3 December 21: The Peacemakers


1970


Box 1-3 March 29 : Non-Violence and Violence in Religion --An Easter Address


Box 1-3 April 5 : Our Quest for Faith: Is Humanism Enough?


Box 1-3 April 12: A Margin Worth Fighting For


Box 1-3 June 14: The Re-Education of Americans


Box 1-3 November 8: The Israeli-Arab Conflict: The Human Conscience


1971-72


Box 1-3 April 11, 1971 Acts of War: The Guilt and The Responsibility, An Easter Address, April 11, 1971


Box 1-3 May 14, 1972 War or Peace: The National Emergency -The New York Board of Leaders and the President of the Society, May 14, 1972


Box 1-3 1973-1980 - 2 Folders, 1973-1980


Box 1-3 1981-1 Folder