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Title:
War against war : the American fight for peace, 1914-1918
Author:
Kazin, Michael, 1948- , author.
Edition:
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Physical Description:
xix, 378 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"The untold story of the movement that came close to keeping the United States out of the First World War. This book is about the Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history's most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back down. In the riveting War Against War, Michael Kazin brings us into the ranks of the largest, most diverse, and most sophisticated peace coalition up to that point in US history. They came from a variety of backgrounds: wealthy and middle and working class, urban and rural, white and black, Christian and Jewish and atheist. They mounted street demonstrations and popular exhibitions, attracted prominent leaders from the labor and suffrage movements, ran peace candidates for local and federal office, and founded new organizations that endured beyond the cause. For almost three years, they helped prevent Congress from authorizing a massive increase in the size of the US army--a step advocated by ex-president Theodore Roosevelt. Soon after the end of the Great War, most Americans believed it had not been worth fighting. And when its bitter legacy led to the next world war, the warnings of these peace activists turned into a tragic prophecy--and the beginning of a surveillance state that still endures today. War Against War is a dramatic account of a major turning point in the history of the United States and the world"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Against a great, forgotten war -- A better world in birth? -- Ever widening circles : August 1914 to May 1915 -- Cry peace and fight preparedness : May 1915 to May 1916 -- Keep us out : June 1916 to April 1917 -- Do people want war? : February 1917 to April 1917 -- The war-- or American promise : one must choose : April 1917 to November 1917 -- A strange set of criminals : December 1917 to December 1918 -- Legacies.
ISBN:
9781476705903
Format :
Book

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