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When spiritually gifted Arthur Nash shares across America a philosophy he believes has power to heal the world, organized labor and religion go on the attack, putting his beliefs on public trial.
~INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS~
Fast-tracked for religious leadership by the elders of his church, gifted young Arthur Nash's future seems settled. But when church elders judge a close friend and mentor as hell-bound, Arthur abandons his faith, his family, and his religious ambitions.
Hardened by five long years as an itinerant worker and train-hopping hobo, Arthur meets his future wife, herself a Christian. But their years together do little to soften his critical assessment of Christianity's “failures,” nor his relentless impulse to vocalize it. An unusual opportunity comes when a preacher friend asks Arthur to fill in for him, assigning as Arthur's topic: “The Trouble with Christianity.”
As he prepares his damning sermon, Arthur's eldest son is injured in WWI, then his younger son enlists, sending Arthur plummeting into despair. For comfort, he turns to the gospels, finding new meaning in the passage: “… all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Becoming convinced of the law of reciprocity — or the Golden Rule — as the guiding principle for human relationships, he makes this the thesis for his sermon.
But Arthur's belief is soon tested when, in haste, he purchases a tailoring factory that turns out to be a sweatshop. Though lacking funds to raise his workers' wages, he fully commits to treating them as he would want to be treated if he were them, and doubles or triples their pay anyway.
Certain he is financially ruined, Arthur goes on the road, shopping for a farm for retirement once forced to liquidate his business. When he returns, he is astonished to discover his factory has tripled production. As his business continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, “Golden Rule Arthur Nash” becomes a local, then national celebrity, sparking controversy and attracting criticism from the labor union, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
The Amalgamated targets Arthur's factory for organization, propagandizing and waging war in the newspapers, solidifying factory workers' hostility toward unionization. While Arthur travels the nation on the success of what soon becomes two “Golden Rule factories,” factory conditions deteriorate deprived of his charismatic presence. Infiltrated by Amalgamated members, workforce unrest is triggered from within, with Arthur's sons — left in management positions during their father's many absences — caught in the no-win middle. Industry holds up Arthur's Golden Rule plan as a “model scheme for licking unionism,” while the Amalgamated, with iconic labor leader, Sidney Hillman, at the helm, joins forces with the Federal Council of Churches, and together they threaten to expose Arthur as a religious hypocrite — the one criticism the man Arthur Nash cannot bear.
Untold for nearly a century, Golden Rule Arthur Nash's gripping and inspiring tale comes to light, keenly and undeniably relevant at this compelling juncture in our own history.
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