It begins by reviewing in some detail the history of pacifism in the American colonies and during the American Revolution when many Quakers and other pacifists opposed the war and refused to participate. We forget how many immigrants came to America to escape conscription in their homeland. They wanted to live in a country that would not force them into military service.
They were among the immigrants who arrived in the earliest years of white settlement in the American colonies. Some were pacifist by conviction, opposed to war or violence of any kind.
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Others were weary of the wars of the Old World, when men were forced into military service, often for many long years. In the New World they hoped to live in peace. Milton Meltzer traces the anti-war movement through the Nuclear Freeze era of the early s and the massive peace march calling for nuclear disarmament in NYC on June 12, The history of conscientious objection in the U.
Meltzer — wrote over fifty books in the fields of history, biography, and social reform. In , Mr. Five of his works were National Book Award finalists. Meltzer was a self-trained historian.
The fact that he never graduated from college he quit school during the Depression to help support his family proved no barrier to his vast and varied writing. In fact, it was an impetus. Much of his work is infused with a call for social justice.
As a history of pacifism, the book ends weakly with a brief discussion of deterrence and the Soviet threat. Deterrence, sometimes called MAD Mutually Assured Destruction , is the theory that if both sides have enough nuclear weapons to destroy the other, the weapons will not be used. The strength of the book is its readable, summarized history that illuminates the potential of pacifism. It helps one to think about how pacifism and nonviolent direct action might make a difference in the future based on its past impact in the U.
While it does not leave me optimistic about the outcome, it is important to know the history of pacifism to maintain it as an option. While you may find these books on the shelves of your local peace center, you will probably want your own copies! They are all available at online used book sellers for very reasonable prices. View 1 comment.
Down by the Riverside is a spiritual. Its roots date back to before the American Civil War, The refrain of "ain't gonna study war no more" is a reference to a quotation found in the Old Testament: "nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Study War No More (Down By The Riverside) Lyrics: I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield / Down by the riverside / Down by the riverside / Down by the.
Apr 03, Kipahni rated it really liked it. It follows the history of anti-war activist and other pacifist sects. It also presents the problems and arguements for war that many of the peace-seekers faced. I especially found the responses that the pacifist gave to be logical and thought provoking even to the wars like the civil war and WW 2.
My only qualm with the book is that it stops around and doesn't include today's though I had to return this book to the library before I could finish it, what I read was very well put together. My only qualm with the book is that it stops around and doesn't include today's modern day warfare. Sep 27, Riley rated it liked it. I realized partway through this book that it was written for young readers.
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