Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The United States and the Second World WarNew Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home Front$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

G. Kurt Piehler and Sidney Pash

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231201

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231201.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 04 July 2022

American Pacifism, the “Greatest Generation,” and World War II

American Pacifism, the “Greatest Generation,” and World War II

Chapter:
(p.259) Chapter Nine American Pacifism, the “Greatest Generation,” and World War II
Source:
The United States and the Second World War
Author(s):

Scott H. Bennett

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823231201.003.0010

This chapter examines both secular and religious pacifists, the movement's reaction to prewar preparedness, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the vital role that peace activists and conscientious objectors played in supporting civil liberties during the ensuing war, and the latter's heroic role in serving the mentally handicapped in often dangerous and appalling conditions. It also traces how peace activists, especially the Fellowship on Reconciliation, fought Jim Crow by helping to create the Congress of Racial Equality. Many in the so-called “greatest generation” nobly served the republic without taking up arms, and the chapter explores the histories of those pacifists who served as medics in some of the most brutal war zones. Just as military service provided veterans with newfound skills and abilities, so too did conscientious objectors emerge from prison and Civilian Public Service camps with valuable skills that shaped a generation of postwar activism.

Keywords:   pacifists, prewar preparedness, Pearl Harbor, civil liberty, peace activists, Congress of Racial Equality

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .