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Peace movement directory : North American organizations, programs, museums, and memorials
Bennett, James R., 1932-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2001]

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vii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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JZ5514 .B46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The year 2000 has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the Year of Peace, and the ten years to follow, the Decade of Peace. The UN has issued a Manifesto for a Culture of Peace outlining the goals of the envisioned future. The world may have taken on a hopeful attitude for peace in the new millennium, and this work serves as a reference book to organizations, programs, museums, and memorials located in North America that are dedicated to peace. The entries are numbered and each one includes the following (where applicable): name of organization, college, museum, memorial or journal; year founded or dedicated; address, phone number, e-mail address and website address; and text that provides historical information.

Author Notes

Writer and researcher James Richard Bennett lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This directory of organizations and monuments was published before the attacks of September 11th. Over the past few months, the issue of peace has been in the public's hearts and minds more than ever. Bennett collaborated with "officers of the organizations, programs, museums, and memorials" to compile this directory of 1,170 organizations (including museums) and 230 peace memorials in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Entries are arranged within sections on the U.S., the Canada-U.S. border, Canada, the Mexico-U.S. border, and Mexico. Each entry provides the name and type of organization, the year founded, address, phone number, and e-mail and Web addresses. Entries range in length from a few lines to a few paragraphs. Some include black-and-white photographs (e.g., Maya Lin's eloquent Elizabeth Baker Peace Chapel at Juniata College). Although several peace-related reference sources have been published in recent years, Bennett's encompasses many peacemaking activities in a single directory. The Board did note a few omissions; for example, the U.S. chapter of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pugwash received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995. The index includes cites many entry numbers for some terms. It is not clear which entry number leads to the national headquarters of an organization. For example, the index entry Physicians for Social Responsibility is followed by six main entry numbers, only one of which is for the national chapter in Washington, D.C. Boldface entry numbers indicating national headquarters would save users the frustration of having to look up multiple entries before finding the correct one. The index entry Lown, Bernard, MD does not lead to the main entry for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize and of which Lown is the founding copresident. The Peace Movement Directory is recommended for public, academic, and theology libraries. The Board hopes that future editions will be even more useful and inclusive.

Library Journal Review

Bennett (Political Prisoners & Trials: 1900-1993) has done an outstanding job, collaborating with hundreds of people to compile this comprehensive directory of programs and institutions dedicated to peace. Entries are listed alphabetically by state or province in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, then by city within each state or province. Of the 1400 entries, 230 are memorials and 1170 are organizations (including museums). Besides contact information, the descriptions provide the mission, activities, publications, and director of the organization and the degree offered, courses, publications, and directors of the program. The index is very helpful in locating resources, as it lists not only the organizations or programs that are committed to peace but also key words that may help locate a museum or program that specializes in particular areas, e.g., air wars, alternative energy sources, e-mail news service, handgun control, nuclear waste, and youth links. The breadth of the research here is impressive; this guide covers not only well-known entities like Greenpeace and the Catholic Worker movement but also smaller, more regional movements that even people in the area may not know about. While some state and local titles treat this subject, no other guide does so on the national indeed, international level. Recommended especially for academic libraries; public libraries should also consider. Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach Lib. Dist., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Though fascinating, Bennett's book is scattershot and has difficulty identifying its audience. It describes many things in North America that have to do with peace, including any public park with "peace" in its name, some social justice organizations, peace activist groups, and academic research centers that study conflict resolution, arms control, and the like. The brush is so broad it paints no one. A doctoral student trying to find scholarship money and a research center at which to work will be overwhelmed by the descriptions of parks in the Midwest. Those working on social justice issues will find the list of organizations incomplete; it seems to concentrate on African American civil rights groups and some gay rights organizations, omitting many antidiscrimination groups. The indexing is inconsistent. The definition of North America as the three largest nations on that continent is not explained. Profusely illustrated with photos of parks and pictures of activists. Not recommended. S. J. Stillwell Jr. University of Texas at Arlington

Table of Contents

James Richard BennettJohn MacLeod
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Prefacep. 1
General and United States Introductionp. 3
Canadian Introductionp. 11
United States of Americap. 17
Canada and United States Borderp. 231
Canadap. 236
Mexico and United States Borderp. 279
Mexicop. 281
Works Citedp. 285
Indexp. 287