Jailed for Peace: The History of American Draft Law Violators, 1658-1985

Jailed for Peace: The History of American Draft Law Violators, 1658-1985

by Stephen Kohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275927768

ISBN-13: 9780275927769

Pub. Date: 08/19/1987

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

In this first comprehensive treatment of the subject, Stephen Kohn presents an accessible, clearly written survey of draft resistance in America and its implications for constitutional democracy, domestic and foreign policy, social change, and the movement for world peace. The author explores the roots of the pacifist view and the first expressions of resistance that…  See more details below

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In this first comprehensive treatment of the subject, Stephen Kohn presents an accessible, clearly written survey of draft resistance in America and its implications for constitutional democracy, domestic and foreign policy, social change, and the movement for world peace. The author explores the roots of the pacifist view and the first expressions of resistance that surfaced during the colonial period. He describes the incidence of draft resistance through the time of the Civil War and how it related to abolitionism. Following the modern conscientious objector through two world wars, Kohn comments on the view of pacifists during "popular" wars as little better than traitors and on their brutal treatment. Examining the growth of the movement during the Cold War, he addresses the major shift in public attitude that expanded the movement's base of popular support and swelled the ranks of resisters. Draft resistance was to have its greatest impact, however, during the Vietnam War and its aftermath, in influencing public feeling about the war, thwarting the Selective Service's induction efforts, and creating a climate of opinion that contributed to the government's decision to abandon the draft early in the 1970s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275927769
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/19/1987
Series:
Contributions in Military Studies Series
Edition description:
no paperback ed
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Colonial Roots

Draft Resistance and Abolitionism

World War I and the Birth of the Modern Movement

World War II and the Continuation of the Pacifist Tradition

The Draft and the Cold War

Vietnam and the Collapse of the Draft

The Reemergence of Registration Resistance

The Evolution of Draft Law

The Draft and Social Change

Conclusion: The Courage of Peace

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