WE WON'T GO: Personal Accounts of War Objectors by Alice Ed. Lynd

WE WON'T GO: Personal Accounts of War Objectors

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Excerpt from the diaries, letters, statements, court proceedings, and decisions regarding young war resisters, compiled by the wife of Staughton Lynd. This is an illuminating record of how a sampling of men, confronted by what they considered the tragic and unjust use of American governmental power, acted according to each one's conscience and circumstance. Most of these draft-age men are articulate, persistently self-critical, actively questioning motives and actions. Some are deeply religious; some come from deprived (economic) backgrounds, some have been, or are about to be, jailed. None have arrived at their decisions by an easy road, and all are absolutely convinced of the immorality of the Vietnam war. There are loners and joiners; activists and passive resisters. Some have welcomed the ""freedom"" from fear of consequences that jail brings; others question the value of enforced inaction. Not many of these names (with the exception of Cassius Clay/Mohammed Ali) are familiar to many--Gardiner, Keyes, Cornell, Rowland, Geary, etc. For most war resisters this is a role of honor; to the contemptuously removed, a role of disgrace; to most a puzzlement. This disturbing book will shed some light, cast some shadows.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1968
Publisher: Beacon