Chapter 1: Faith of Our FathersThose who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.
-- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1927
My father, J. C. McGovern, was a Methodist clergyman -- a follower of the eighteenth-century English founder of Methodism, John Wesley. A fierce opponent of slavery and an ardent defender of the poor and unfortunate members of society, Wesley had a stronger following in the slums and sweatshops of London than in the castles and country estates of the realm. A proponent of personal salvation, he...