A World Without War: How U. S. Feminists and Pacifists Resisted World War I / Edition 1

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Frances H. Early traces the connection between feminist antiwar activism and the emergence of the modern civil liberties movement in World War I America. Through the lives and deeds of Frances Witherspoon and Tracy Mygatt, Early provides a detailed account of the activities of the New York Bureau of Legal Advice, a mixed-gender organization associated with the feminist-oriented, left-wing pacifist movement of the war years. A World Without War explores the role of women's political activism during an era of militarism and social repression. Early shows how a small coalition of activists struggled to expose the antidemocratic forces of the wartime state, including its brutal treatment of conscientious objectors. She presents the personal dimension to pacifist work, as women and men disrupted conventional wartime notions of femininity and masculinity with a view to fashioning nonviolent gender identities.
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Traces the connection between feminist antiwar activism and the emergence of the modern civil liberties movement in WWI America. Documents the formation and history of the New York Bureau of Legal Advice, a mixed-gender organization associated with the feminist- oriented, left-wing pacifist movement of the war years through the lives and deeds of its founders, Frances Witherspoon and Tracy Mygatt. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815627647
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Peace and Conflict Resolution Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 Fannie May Witherspoon and the Founding of the Bureau of Legal Advice 5
2 Free Speech and Personal Behavior in Wartime 27
3 Conscription's Home Front Victims and Enemy Aliens 60
4 Feminist Pacifists and Conscientious Objectors 90
5 The Push for Amnesty 122
6 The Ellis Island Deportees 155
7 Creating a Peace Culture 189
Notes 203
Bibliography 237
Index 249
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