Down in My Heart: Peace Witness in War Time available in Paperback
From 1942 to 1946, William Stafford was interned in camps for conscientious objectors for his refusal to be inducted into the U.S. Army. As a pacifist, he worked on conservation projects for Civilian Public Service, an alternative program for young men who refused to participate in World War II. As a writer, he recorded the life he found there; the fellowship within the camps and the antagonism outside them. This memoir offers a rich glimpse into a little-known aspect of the war and a fascinating look at the formative years of a major American poet.