Loaves and Fishes

by Dorothy Day

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 168

The full title of the book is Loaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Story of the Catholic Worker Movement. This is a book by Dorothy Day, who is a famous memoirist. The book is actually a continuation of her first book, called The Last Loneliness.

Both books are concerned with The Catholic Worker Movement. This movement focused on helping poor people through the teachings of Jesus. Day was one of the original voices behind the movement.

This book in particular outlines some of the problems the movement had. Initially, it became highly influential at a significant speed, as the magazine that became associated with the movement went up to over a hundred thousand subscribers.

However, when Day and others in the movement supported poor workers but didn’t fight with them in wars like what became known as the Spanish-American war, many people abandoned the movement and the subscribers fell by 80 percent. This same kind of problem repeated itself whenever any war came up, including the Second World War.

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