Lord's Day Alliance Group
Oct, 1923
The Lord's Day Alliance of the United States (LDA) was founded in 1888 when representatives from six major Protestant denominations met in Washington, D.C. to organize the American Sabbath Union. The name was later changed to The Lord's Day Alliance of the United States. Still active, the LDA describes itself as "the one national organization whose sole purpose is to maintain and cultivate the first day of the week as a time for rest, worship, Christian education and spiritual renewal."

Clarence Darrow published a sharp criticism of the LDA that was published in "Plain Talk" (volume 2, pp. 257-70, March 1928) in which he began:

"Among the various societies that are engaged in the business of killing pleasure, the Lord's Day Alliance of New York deserves a place of honor. If any poor mortal is caught enjoying life on Sunday its agents gleefully hie themselves to the nearest legislature and urge a law to stop the fun. Their literature and periodicals tell very plainly the kind of business they are in. This association of crape-hangers seems to be especially interested in the State of New York, which contains about one-tenth of the population of the Union, and among them an unusually large number of foreigners and other heathen who have not been taught the proper regard for the sanctity of the Sabbath."

Reportedly, H. L. Mencken reluctantly declined to publish the article in his "American Mercury" because he thought it was too harsh although he agreed with Darrow's points. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-npcc-24752.