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War no more : three centuries of American antiwar and peace writing

Author: Lawrence Alan Rosenwald
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2016] ©2016
Series: Library of America, 278.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Mixed form : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Americans have been at war for most of our history as a people. Wars of conquest gave way to wars of empire, the Civil War to the World Wars, and the Cold War to the War on Terror. Our national anthem celebrates heroism under fire, and martial imagery permeates our politics and our pastimes. But at every turn in this history, Americans have questioned and resisted both particular wars and justifications for war in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literature
Literary collections
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Alan Rosenwald
ISBN: 9781598534733 1598534734
OCLC Number: 922156058
Description: xxx, 838 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Foreword / by James Carroll --
Introduction / by Lawrence Rosenwald --
"The tree of the great peace" / Iroquois tradition --
(from) The journal of John Woolman / John Woolman --
(from) A plea for the poor / John Woolman --
"I counted none my enemy" / Warner Mifflin --
"An odd and singular man" / David Low Dodge --
A plan of a peace-office for the United States / Benjamin Rush --
(from) The book of Mormon / Joseph Smith Jr. --
(from) War / Ralph Waldo Emerson --
Declaration of sentiments adopted by the Peace Convention, held in Boston, September 18, 19, & 20, 1838 / William Lloyd Garrison --
The arsenal at Springfield / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow --
The term non-resistance / Adin Ballou --
Speech delivered at the anti-war meeting, in Faneuil Hall, February 4, 1847 / Theodore Parker --
(from) Speech of Mr. Corwin, of Ohio, on the Mexican War / Thomas Corwin --
Civil disobedience / Henry David Thoreau --
Nov. 30th to an absent wife / Obadiah Ethelbert Baker --
(from) The record of a Quaker conscience : Cyrus Pringle's diary / Cyrus Pringle --
Shiloh / Herman Melville --
Reconciliation / Walt Whitman --
A harvest of death / Timothy H. O'Sullivan and Alexander Gardner --
Appeal to womanhood throughout the world / Julia Ward Howe --
Chickamauga / Ambrose Bierce --
War is kind / Stephen Crane --
Battle hymn of the republic (brought down to date) / Mark Twain --
The war prayer / Mark Twain --
The moral equivalent of war / William James --
Christians at war / John F. Kendrick --
(from) Preparedness, the road to universal slaughter / Emma Goldman --
Heroes / Ellen N. La Motte --
The war and intellectuals / Randolph Bourne --
Below the battle / Randolph Bourne --
Down by the river-side / Traditional (gospel) --
To the president of Wellesley College / Emily Greene Balch --
(from) Toward human unity or beyond nationalism / Emily Greene Balch --
Address to the jury / Eugene V. Debs --
An experiment in conscience / M.C. Otto --
The Stierheim case / Walter Guest Kellogg --
Scott Nearing reprieves democracy / Arturo Giovannitti --
"There will come soft rains" / Sara Teasdale --
Personal reactions during war / Jane Addams --
1923 : in Europe / Reinhold Niebuhr --
Dissent in United States vs. Schwimmer / Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. --
"i sing of Olaf glad and big" / E.E. Cummings --
On trial / Floyd Dell --
Conscientious objector / Edna St. Vincent Millay --
(from) Johnny got his gun / Dalton Trumbo --
War elegy X / William Everson --
(from) A field of broken stones / Lowell Naeve --
Letter to President Roosevelt / Robert Lowell --
To Local Board No. 63 / Bayard Rustin --
A petition to the President of the United States / Leo Szilard --
We go on record--
/ Dorothy Day --
Wailing shall be in all streets / Kurt Vonnegut --
(from) One war is enough / Edgar L. Jones --
Epitaph : 1945 / Naomi Replansky --
The conscientious objector / Karl Shapiro --
To meet a friend / William Stafford --
(from) The Danbury story / Howard Schoenfeld --
Annexes to the General Advisory Committee Report of October 30, 1949 / General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission --
Last night I had the strangest dream / Ed McCurdy --
August 2026 : there will come soft rains / Ray Bradbury --
A decent respect for human intelligence / Omar N. Bradley --
Why I am sailing into the Pacific bomb-test area / Albert S. Bigelow --
Two votes against war : 1917, 1941 / Jeannette Rankin --
(from) Zen telegrams / Paul Reps --
Where have all the flowers gone? / Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson --
A matter of freedom / Juanita Nelson --
Southern peace walk : two issues or one? / Barbara Deming --
(from) The strategy of tax refusal / Edmund Wilson --
The future of nonviolence / David Dellinger --
The war on Vietnam / Clinton Hopson and Joe Martin --
The I-feel-like-I'm-fixin'-to-die rag / Country Joe McDonald --
Statement made on 12/21/65 to the Federal Grand Jury / A.J. Muste --
Statement on American policy in Vietnam / Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee --
(from) 1001 ways to beat the draft / Tuli Kupferberg and Robert Bashlow --
Necessities (I) / Josephine Miles --
(from) The moral outrage of Vietnam / Abraham Joshua Heschel --
Of late / George Starbuck --
Life at war / Denise Levertov --
Making peace / Denise Levertov --
Beyond Vietnam / Martin Luther King Jr. --
Counting small-boned bodies / Robert Bly --
The War Crimes Tribunal / James Baldwin --
A young pacifist / Paul Goodman --
A causerie at the military-industrial / Paul Goodman --
(from) The armies of the night / Norman Mailer --
(from) Mobilization! Oct. 21 / Contributors to WIN magazine --
Dow shalt not kill / Howard Zinn --
When the war is over / W.S. Merwin --
Nonviolence does not--cannot--mean passivity / Thomas Merton --
(from) War and the crisis of language / Thomas Merton --
What would you do if? / Joan Baez --
Poem / Muriel Rukeyser --
"The business of America is war and it is time for a change" / Shirley Chisholm --
The liberation of our people / Angela Davis --
(from) The trial of the Catonsville Nine / Daniel Berrigan --
I should be proud / Henry Cosby, Joe Hinton, and Pam Sawyer --
(from) I refuse / J.K. Osborne --
Statement of John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans Against the War / John Kerry --
(from) Born on the Fourth of July / Ron Kovic --
(from) Winners and losers / Gloria Emerson --
Terminal colloquy / Charles Martin --
Cop tales : devastation / Grace Paley --
Women's Pentagon Action Unity Statement / Grace Paley --
"I was told it was necessary" / George Zabelka --
Revolutionary violence : a dialogue / Yvonne Dilling and Mary Jo Bowman --
(from) Born again radical / Don Benedict --
The IRS' plan for the hereafter / Eugene J. McCarthy --
"One race, the human race" / Wally Nelson --
"Like the elders say" / Thomas Banyacya --
The role of the military in the nuclear age / Gene R. La Rocque --
(from) Pacifist : or, My war and Louis Lepke / Donald Wetzel --
Calvin and Hobbes : "How come we play war and not peace?" / Bill Watterson --
To : Internal Revenue Service / Bernard Offen --
War resisters' song / Thomas McGrath --
2527th birthday of the Buddha / Yusef Komunyakaa --
On the rainy river / Tim O'Brien --
(from) An atlas of the difficult world / Adrienne Rich --
(from) Democracy from the heart / Gregory Nevala Calvert --
The truth / William Heyen --
The tracks / S. Brian Willson --
Jerusalem / Naomi Shihab Nye --
The bombing of Baghdad / June Jordan --
Hearts on fire / Gina Valdés --
Fighting war / Barbara Ehrenreich --
Not in our son's name / Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez --
Speech on House Joint Resolution 64 / Barbara Lee --
A pure, high note of anguish / Barbara Kingsolver --
Weighing the costs of waging war in Iraq / Barack Obama --
(from) The fifth book of peace / Maxine Hong Kingston --
(from) No more unto the breach / Jonathan Schell --
America's image in the world / Robert Byrd --
March of death / Zack de la Rocha --
Driving the bus : after the anti-war march / Minnie Bruce Pratt --
Baghdad / Kent Johnson --
Sadiq / Brian Turner --
(from) Road from ar Ramadi / Camilo Mejía --
I lost my son to a war I oppose. We were both doing our duty / Andrew J. Bacevich --
For the fifty (who made PEACE with their bodies) / Philip Metres --
That particular village / Austin Smith --
Why I'm a pacifist : the dangerous myth of the good war / Nicholson Baker --
An interview with Sister Anne Montgomery, RSCJ / Anne Montgomery --
(from) An honorable discharge / Mike Kirby --
I cast my hook, I decide to make peace / Jane Hirschfield.
Series Title: Library of America, 278.
Responsibility: Lawrence Rosenwald, editor.
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"Americans have been at war for most of our history as a people. Wars of conquest gave way to wars of empire, the Civil War to the World Wars, and the Cold War to the War on Terror. Our national anthem celebrates heroism under fire, and martial imagery permeates our politics and our pastimes. But at every turn in this history, Americans have questioned and resisted both particular wars and justifications for war in general. Taking up the pen instead of the sword, they have produced a body of literature of great passion and power, a homegrown American tradition that refuses the proposition that war is the inevitable price of liberty or prosperity--that dares to envision a world where people learn war no more. Gathering essays, letters, speeches, memoirs, songs, poems, cartoons, leaflets, stories, and other works by nearly 150 writers from the colonial era to the present, War No More brings this extraordinary writing together for the first time in a single volume"--Dust jacket.

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