Nonviolence in America

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-03-01
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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Nonviolence in America is a comprehensive compilation of first-hand sources that document the history of nonviolence in the United States from colonial times to the present. Editors Staughton and Alice Lynd bring together materials from diverse sources that illuminate a movement in American history that is sometimes assumed to have begun and ended with the anti-nuclear and civil rights struggles of the '50s and '60s but which is, in fact, older than the Republic itself.
This revised and expanded edition of Nonviolence in America opens with writings of William Penn and John Woolman, of abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison and Henry David Thoreau, and of anarchists Emma Goldman and William Haywood. It continues with testimonies of suffragettes and conscientious objectors of both World Wars, trade unionists and anti-nuclear activists. It includes classics such as Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," William James's "The Moral Equivalent of War," and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham City Jail." Bringing Nonviolence in America right up to the present are writings on the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, and the continuing struggles against nuclear power plants and weaponry and for preservation of the Earth and its peoples.

Table of Contents

First Letter to the Delaware Indiansp. 1
John Woolmanp. 3
Journalp. 4
"A Plea for the Poor"p. 10
"Declaration of Sentiments, 1838"p. 13
Christian Non-Resistancep. 17
"Civil Disobedience"p. 21
"Passive Resistance"p. 38
Speeches in Court, 1886p. 43
"Anarchism: What It Really Stands For"p. 45
Testimony Before The Industrial Relations Commission, 1915p. 48
"The Moral Equivalent of War"p. 65
Crime and Punishmentp. 75
Letters from Prison, 1917p. 82
Conscientious Objectors, World War I
"Personal Reactions During War"p. 91
Statements of Conscientious Objection, 1917-1918p. 100
Prisoners for Peacep. 103
"Atlanta Prison - 1917"p. 104
"Christ or Country?"p. 119
The Fort Leavenworth General Strikep. 123
Trade Unionism Between the Wars
"The Lawrence Strike of 1919"p. 129
Sit-Downp. 141
A Union without a Contractp. 156
Conscientious Objectors, World War II
Why We Refused to Registerp. 161
"The Battle of Anapamu Creek"p. 164
Conscientious Objectors in Prisonp. 169
Direct Action for Peace, Post-World War II
"Pilgrimage of a Conscience"p. 175
"Why I Am Sailing into the Pacific Bomb-Test Area"p. 178
Visible Witnessp. 183
"Southern Peace Walk: Two Issues or One?"p. 192
Quebec-Washington-Guantanamo Walk for Peace, 1963-1964p. 202
Discipline of Nonviolencep. 203
"The Peacewalkers' Struggle in Albany, Georgia"p. 203
Direct Action for Civil Rights, Post-World War II
"Pilgrimage to Nonviolence"p. 209
Statements of Principlep. 220
"CORE Rules for Action"p. 221
Statement of Purposep. 222
Jailed-Inp. 223
"In Pursuit of Freedom"p. 234
Voter Registration, Mississippi and Georgiap. 243
Mississippi Violence vs Human Rightsp. 244
A Statement from the Burgland High School Studentsp. 246
Message from Jailp. 246
Statement by a High School Studentp. 247
Lee County Reportp. 248
Birmingham, Alabamap. 252
Birmingham Manifesto, 1963p. 252
Letter from Birmingham City Jailp. 254
The Vietnam War
We Won't Gop. 269
Declaration of Conscience Against the War in Vietnamp. 270
Leaflet, McComb, Mississippip. 271
"Noncooperation"p. 272
The Pentagon, October 1967p. 274
"The Siege of the Pentagon"p. 275
Democracy from the Heartp. 281
Ultra Resistancep. 286
Statement of the Catonsville Ninep. 287
"The Burning of Paper Instead of Lives"p. 290
Soldiers Against Warp. 294
The Presidiop. 295
Vietnamp. 301
Operation Dewey Canyon IIIp. 305
A New Catholicism
Dorothy Dayp. 309
Peter Maurinp. 310
"Letter to the Unemployed"p. 315
Protesting Civil Defensep. 317
Letter from Father Thomas Merton to James Forestp. 324
The White Trainp. 326
"A World Where Abortion Is Unthinkable"p. 337
Dead Man Walkingp. 344
Nonviolent Trade Unionism
Cesar Chavezp. 363
Cesar Chavez Recallsp. 364
"Letter from Delano"p. 368
Talk on Nonviolencep. 370
"Singing Across Dark Spaces: The Union/Community Takeover of the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 Coal Preparation Plant"p. 374
"The Future of Nonviolence"p. 397
"On Revolution and Equilibrium"p. 405
The Trial of the Winooski 44p. 427
Sanctuaryp. 449
"A History of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant"p. 450
"Jewish Covenant of Sanctuary"p. 458
"The Tracks"p. 459
Witness for Peacep. 473
The Gulf War
Statements Refusing Military Servicep. 477
An Inexcusable Reason to Sacrifice a Lifep. 478
Public Statementp. 481
Statement of Refusal to Participate in Interventionist Warsp. 482
"Letter to Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar"p. 484
"Just and Unjust Wars"p. 492
Healing Global Wounds
Seabrookp. 505
"Declaration of Nuclear Resistance"p. 506
"Surrounded by Acres of Clams"p. 508
Reflection on the Seabrook Occupationp. 515
"The Feminization of Earth First!"p. 516
Western Shoshone Nation and the Global Anti-Nuclear Alliancep. 521
Purpose Statementp. 522
Participation Guidelinesp. 523
"This America Has Been a Burden"p. 524
Indexp. 527
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