Refusing War, Affirming Peace

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Oregon State Univ Pr
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One of the untold stories of America’s World War II experience belongs to the thousands who refused military service for reasons of conscience, instead serving their country through non-military alternate service. Refusing War, Affirming Peace offers an intimate view of a single Civilian Public Service Camp, Camp #21 at Cascade Locks, Oregon, one of the largest and longest-serving camps in the system— and one of the most unusual. Under the leadership of a remarkable director, Rev. Mark Y. Schrock, and some outstanding camp leaders, the men at Camp #21 created a vibrant community. Despite the requisite long days of physical labor, the men developed a strong educational program, published a newspaper and a literary magazine, produced plays and concerts, and participated in a special school and research project called the School of Pacifist Living. They also challenged the Selective Service System in two political protests—one concerning the threatened removal of a Japanese American, George Yamada, and a second concerning a warrelated work project. Their story shows the CPS system at its best.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Kovac is a professor of chemistry at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A recognized expert on scientific ethics, he is the author of The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science. His personal commitment to the philosophy of nonviolence led him to research and write about World War II conscientious objectors. The personal letters and papers of Kovac's father-in-law, Charles Davis, who was a conscientious objector at Cascade Locks, have greatly enriched the author's research.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 8
Acknowledgementsp. 12
Introductionp. 14
Origins of CPSp. 23
The First Months: Organizing a Communityp. 31
Summer and Fall 1942: Confrontationsp. 57
1943: In for the Long Haulp. 86
1944: Transition to CO Leadership of the Campp. 116
1945-46: The End of the War and the End of CPS #21p. 138
Conclusionp. 150
Appendix: Complete Roster of CPS #21p. 159
Notes & Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 187
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