The Good War and Those Who Refused To Fight It

Overview

There have been conscientious objectors in all American wars, and World War II was no different. While many, like the Quakers and the Amish, had a long history of refusing to fight, this refusal proved more troublesome when the majority saw World War II as "the good war." Many conscientious objectors, or C.O.'s, attempted to show support for the cause by volunteering for difficult jobs to disprove disloyalty. Many worked in mental hospitals, enlisted in medical experiment programs, and became fire fighters. ...
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Overview

There have been conscientious objectors in all American wars, and World War II was no different. While many, like the Quakers and the Amish, had a long history of refusing to fight, this refusal proved more troublesome when the majority saw World War II as "the good war." Many conscientious objectors, or C.O.'s, attempted to show support for the cause by volunteering for difficult jobs to disprove disloyalty. Many worked in mental hospitals, enlisted in medical experiment programs, and became fire fighters. Twenty-five thousand joined the armed services as non-combatants, including actor Lew Ayres who worked with a medical unit. Others worked in Civilian Public Service, a program operated by churches. Seven thousand C.O.'s were jailed for as long as four years for refusing alternative service or objecting to the draft. Following the war, C.O.'s replaced soldiers in Europe, became involved in the civil rights movement, and later formed protests against the Vietnam war. The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It includes interviews with a number of conscientious objectors.
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Special Features

Includes Interviews with Daniel Ellsberg, Studs Terkel, James Farmer, Ambassador Max Kampleman and the Poetry of William Stafford; ; WWII Poster Gallery and Vintage US Government Film
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • UPC: 720229914604
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 3:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,923

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Asner Voice Only
Technical Credits
Judith Ehrlich Director, Producer
Rick Tejada-Flores Director, Producer
Laurie Coyle Associate Producer
Vicente Franco Cinematographer
Ken Schneider Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It
1. Intro and Background of Conscientious Objectors [12:54]
2. The Union 8 [4:58]
3. Pearl Harbor and the U.S. at War [3:02]
4. Civilian Public Service Camp [5:32]
5. COs Volunteered for Danger [3:47]
6. Mental Hospital Service [3:48]
7. To Prison [6:03]
8. Lew Ayres and Noncombatant Service [5:35]
9. After the War, the Legacy of Non-Violence [9:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Web & ROM Resources
   Special Features
      Daniel Ellsberg - The Pentagon Papers
      James Farmer - Civil Rights Leader
      Ambassador Max Kampelman - WWII C.O., Reagan-Era Arms Negotiator
      Studs Terkel - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, The Good War
      William Stafford - Pacifism and Poetry
      The Story of America's Conscientious Objectors 1943 Peace Church Film on WWII C.O. Camps
      World War II Poster Gallery
   CO Handbook
      Draft Counseling 101
      Iraq War Military COs
      CO Workshop
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