Home Contact Us Order Form Encyclopedia of New York State
Syracuse University Press  
New Books New Books Spring 2019 Fall 2018 Seasonal Catalog Archive Books by Subject Awards Course Adoption Exam Copies Desk Copies Books by Title Books by Author Author Guidelines Order Information Domestic Orders International Orders Sales Representatives Request Reprint Permissions Contact Us Media About the Press Giving Join Mailing List

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.

"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

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.

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

View other books in this series

Radical Pacifism Next Book in Catalog Order Direct Join Our Mailing List

Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110
Syracuse, New York 13244-5290
Phone: 315-443-5534
Fax: 315-443-5545
Email: supress@syr.edu
Website: www.SyracuseUniversityPress.syr.edu

home   new books   books by subject   seasonal catalog archive  awards   books in print   facebook   twitter   blog   exam copies   desk copies   author guidelines   domestic orders   international orders   sales reps   requesting reprint permissions   contact us   media   giving   newsletter   resources   mailing list   about

© 1999-2019 Syracuse University Press, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

site: customwebhelp