Wartime Dissent in America: A History and Anthology

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Overview

This wide-ranging book tells the story of U.S. wartime dissent by exploring speeches, pamphlets, and essays produced by the opponents of every major American conflict since the Revolutionary War. Combining narrative history with a rich selection of primary sources, Robert Mann summarizes each war and explores the history and development of American wartime dissent, with a special emphasis on the risks and impact of opposition during each period. It includes figures as diverse as John C. Calhoun, William Jennings Bryan, and Patrick Buchanan, while also telling the broader story in which this tradition of dissent developed and played out, illuminating the constitutional and moral philosophies used to oppose war over more than two centuries.

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“Recommended.”—CHOICE
 

“Robert Mann’s Wartime Dissent in America can be read as a fine collection of wartime dissenting literature, as the story of the growth of ever-greater respect for free speech and tolerance in America, or as a brief history of America’s twelve major wars from the much-neglected moral perspective.”—Peace Review
 
“Mann explains that his objective in writing Wartime Dissent was ‘to stimulate readers to deeper reflection and debate on the value of dissent and the necessity of guarding and strengthening free speech rights, especially during wartime.’ With this book, he has not only accomplished this goal but also written an impressive, perceptive treatise about an issue that began with Socrates and continues to this day. Wartime Dissent continues the tradition its author celebrates by telling the stories of courageous Americans who fought for our most fundamental right not despite but because of the battles being waged elsewhere.”— American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

“Robert Mann, one of America’s most dynamic political historians, has written a first-rate book about war and American society. Not of soldiers in the battlefield—but of dissent. Highly recommended.”—Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History, Rice University

“Robert Mann beautifully combines historical narrative with actual speeches and writings to show the crucial role that dissent against government policy plays in time of war.”—Marjorie Heins, director of the Free Expression Policy Project and author of Not in Front of the Children: “Indecency,” Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth

“Once again Robert Mann has gone into the archives, dug out the original sources, and used them to illuminate a vital topic—America’s tradition of honest and courageous wartime dissent. Timely and inspiring in today’s politics of war, terror, and superheated partisanship.”—Brien Hallett, Associate Professor, Matsunaga Institute for Peace, University of Hawai’i

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230104839
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mann holds the Manship Chair in Mass Communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and is a senior public policy fellow at the school's Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs. Formerly an aide to three U.S. senators and a Louisiana governor, Mann has written critically acclaimed political histories of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and the Boston Globe.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The American Revolution: "Rebels to the Law of the Kingdom" 11

2 The War of 1812: "Weed Our Country of Traitors" 23

3 The Mexican War: "This Miserable War" 33

4 The Civil War: "This War is Murder, & Nothing Else" 41

5 The Spanish-American War and the Philippine War: "The Blind Passions of This Country" 59

6 World War I: "The Poison of Disloyalty" 69

7 World War II: "Stop Asking for War" 85

8 The Cold War: "Hurtling Toward War Again" 103

9 The Korean War: "No Substitute for Victory" 115

10 The Vietnam War: "Yellow in Color and Lacking in Courage" 127

11 The Persian Gulf War: "A Headlong Course Toward War" 147

12 The Global War on Terrorism: "The Patriot Games, the Lying Games" 159

Conclusion 179

Notes 183

Index 205

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