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FALL 2003 CATALOG

Radical Pacifism
The War Resisters League and Gandhian Nonviolence in America, 1915-1963

 
 
Scott H. Bennett

Cloth $49.95L    |    0-8156-3003-4    |   2003


Paper $24.95s    |    0-8156-3028-X


The definitive history of an essential component of American radicalism, as well as an essential reference work for all scholars of U.S. history and social movements.

Reviews
"This pioneering history of the WRL . . . illuminates the important story of how a relatively small band of secular pacifists brought nonviolent direct action into the mass movements for social justice and world peace."
dashLarry Wittner, author of The Struggle Against the Bomb

"A timely book, it is essential reading for everyone who cares about politically effective, non-violent revolutionary action to advance peace and social justice"
dashDee Garrison, author of Mary Heaton Vorse: The Life of an American Insurgent

"At last we have a comprehensive history of the War Resisters Leaguedashlong the secular cutting edge of radical, left-wing pacifism in America."
dashCharles Chatfield, author of The American Peace Movement: Ideals and Activism

Description
This deeply researched book is the first history of the War Resisters League, an organization that represents the major vehicle of secular radical pacifism in the United States. Besides opposing all U.S. wars and championing conscientious objection to these wars, Scott H. Bennett shows how the WRLdashled by its colorful membersdashfunctioned as a movement halfway house, assisting and influencing a variety of social reform groups and campaigns. He devotes special attention to WWII conscientious objectors who staged dramatic wartime work and hunger strikes in Civilian Public Service camps and prison against Jim Crow, censorship, conscription, and other policies; these radical COs moved the postwar WRL in new directions and transformed radical pacifism. By recovering the important links between the WRL and the peace, civil rights, civil liberties, and anti-nuclear movements, he demonstrates the social relevance and political effectiveness of radical pacifism. Bennett emphasizes the WRL's most important legacy: its promotion, legitimization, and Americanization of Gandhian nonviolent direct action, which infused the postwar peace and justice movements.

Author
Scott H. Bennett is professor of history at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.

61/8 x 91/4, 312 pages, bibliography, notes, index

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