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Global struggle i used to be a watershed in glossy international background. at the battlefield, hundreds of thousands have been slaughtered via chemical war, laptop weapons, and trench warfare—and this mindless bloodletting continues to be the main enduring legacy of the good struggle. serious to knowing the war’s value is the often-overlooked emergence of a “modern” dynamic grassroots peace stream that either antagonistic struggle and sought to abolish its social causes.

Edited via Scott H. Bennett and Charles F. Howlett, Antiwar Dissent and Peace Activism in global struggle I the US offers basic records, such a lot anthologized for the 1st time, illustrating competition and resistance to the struggle and the government’s efforts to advertise the battle and limit dissent. This clean assortment highlights the extensive diversity of antiwar sentiment: non secular and secular, liberal and radical, pacifist and nonpacifist, together with conscientious objection. It additionally addresses key concerns raised through the antiwar movement—particularly dissent in wartime, civil liberties, the that means of patriotism, and citizen peace activism—that stay important to knowing American democracy.

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Peace groups, most notably the American Friends Service Committee, were involved in this humanitarian work. But the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Mennonite Relief Committee for War Sufferers (mrcws, and its successor, the Mennonite Central Committee), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (wilpf, 1919), and other groups associated with the peace movement also participated in this work. In addition, many private and public groups outside the peace movement were engaged in overseas relief, reconstruction, and humanitarian projects, including the American Red Cross, the Young Men’s Christian Association (ymca), the American Relief Administration, and the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief.

32 The Friends were not alone in their humanitarian work. S. Mennonites created the Mennonite Relief Committee for War Sufferers. Working through the afsc the mrcws supported wartime and postwar reconstruction work in France with funds and volunteers. Many Mennonites worked in Clermont-en-Argonne, a small village in the Meuse Department, a region devastated by the battle of Verdun. By 1920 more than fift y Mennonites, most of whom had been released from Fort Leavenworth or military camps, served in the afsc’s French units.

See transcripts of court-martial trials of Peter Heppner (General Conference Mennonite, 28 May 1918) and Austin Hewett (5 April 1918), Case Files of Con34 . , 1917–1919, reel 272, Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, North Newton ks, taken from Anne M. Yoder, “Conscientious Objection during the Great War: A Documentary History through Personal Writings and Testimony” (unpublished manuscript, 2010). We are indebted to Anne Yoder, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, who provided the Heppner and Hewitt documents.

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