Author: Ted Grimsrud

Pacifism in America, part five: Opposing nukes and the Vietnam War

Ted Grimsrud—June 12, 2019 Pacifists in the United States in the mid-20th century sought to influence the world toward a more peaceable future following the massive destruction of World War II. We saw in Part Four of this series how this work took the form of widespread service work. In this post, we will look … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part five: Opposing nukes and the Vietnam War

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Pacifism in America, part four: Pacifism in the Civil Rights Movement

Ted Grimsrud—June 7, 2019 The 20th century has accurately been called the century of total war. The massive death and destruction visited upon the people of the world especially in the first half of that century (with the constant threat of exponentially more death and destruction with the possibility of nuclear war) obliterated the basic … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part four: Pacifism in the Civil Rights Movement

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Pacifism in America, part three: Making peace through service

Ted Grimsrud—June 5, 2019  The resilient response to World War II by those few who retained their pacifist commitments insured that when the war finally ended, there would be peacemakers to devote themselves to overcoming the effects of the massive violence. As we will see, these efforts often took the shape of nonviolent direct action … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part three: Making peace through service

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Pacifism in America, part two: Refusing the “good war”

Ted Grimsrud—June 3, 2019 In the aftermath of the First World War, called at the time “the Great War” (but only briefly, since it was eclipsed by the war that soon followed), pacifism (as in the principled opposition to war) emerged with unprecedented prominence. Five new pacifist organizations were founded. Their influence remained small in … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part two: Refusing the “good war”

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Pacifism in America, part one: The roots of war resistance

Ted Grimsrud—May 31, 2019 The United States has an extraordinarily ambivalent legacy when it comes to war and violence. On the one hand, we originated, in the view of many, as the victor in a war of rebellion against the British Empire; we have engaged in war and after war throughout our history; we are … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part one: The roots of war resistance

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