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We Who Dared to Say No to War : American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now - Murray Polner

We Who Dared to Say No to War

American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now

Paperback Published: 9th September 2008
ISBN: 9781568583853
Number Of Pages: 352

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We Who Dared to Say No to War uncovers some of the forgotten but compelling body of work from the American antiwar tradition—speeches, articles, poetry, book excerpts, political cartoons, and more—from people throughout our history who have opposed war. Beginning with the War of 1812, these selections cover every major American war up to the present and come from both the left and the right, from religious and secular viewpoints. There are many surprises, including a forgotten letter from a Christian theologian urging Confederate President Jefferson Davis to exempt Christians from the draft and a speech by Abraham Lincoln opposing the 1848 Mexican War. Among others, Daniel Webster, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Grover Cleveland, Eugene Debs, Robert Taft, Paul Craig Roberts, Patrick Buchanan, and Country Joe and the Fish make an appearance. This first-ever anthology of American antiwar writing offers the full range of the subject’s richness and variety.

Industry Reviews

Texas Observer "Turns out strange bedfellows are common in the history of American anti-war sentiment, as evidenced in the new anthology We Who Dared to Say No To War... Together [Polner and Woods have] assembled almost two centuries? worth of writing condemning American military actions from the War of 1812 to more recent misadventures in the Middle East, while celebrating the fact that the noble cause of peace in this country has often attracted wildly opposing un-likes... Democracy and war, these pieces collectively suggest, may be the strangest, and worst, bedfellows of all." BuzzFlash.com "We stopped counting the number of wonderful advocates of peace in this book. It?s like finally finding a kindred group of like minds with whom you can feel at home... This is an anthology well worth the read. It might also help you feel that peace is a battle worth waging, so to speak." OpEdNews.com "Read it and weep ... and cheer. Weep because we?ve been lied into wars in very similar ways for two centuries and have had to discover the deception anew each time. Cheer because some people have been there to denounce the lies on the spot every time, and their ranks have steadily grown." Library Journal "History repeats itself, and Polner and Woods remind us that both Leftist dissent against jingoism and Rightist opposition to governments swollen by war run throughout American history." Booklist "Representing both sides of the ideological divide, editors Polner and Woods have collected a vast and varied array of speeches, essays, letters, poetry, even popular song lyrics, from our country?s greatest leaders and civilians to illustrate the indelible and instinctive response war-mongering and war evoke... With current antiwar rhetoric...running at a fevered pitch, such historical documentation demonstrates, sadly, that it is also running true to course." Scott McConnell, editor of The American Conservative "You don?t have to oppose all American wars to appreciate Tom Woods and Murray Polner?s masterful anthology. These essays vividly demonstrate why 'dissent is patriotic? is no mere peacenik slogan." Bob Keeler, Newsday Editorial Board "Standing up to the rhetoric of war is never easy. We Who Dared to Say No to War provides today?s private-citizen peacemakers and public officials with the valuable assurance that others have spoken prophetically against wars for most of our nation?s history. Polner and Woods deserve our deep gratitude for assembling these brave speeches from wars past."

Introductionp. xi
The War of 1812p. 1
"The Draft Is Unconstitutional"p. 3
"What Republicanism Is This?"p. 9
"With Good Advice Make War"p. 10
"Thou Hast Done a Deed Whereat Valor Will Weep"p. 19
The Mexican Warp. 21
"Annexation and War with Mexico Are Identical"p. 23
"The True Grandeur of Nations"p. 24
"Mean and Infamous"p. 28
"The Half-Insane Mumbling of a Fever Dream"p. 30
"This Is a War for Slavery"p. 33
"Address on War"p. 45
The Civil Warp. 55
"The War Method of Peace"p. 58
"A Christian Appeal to the Confederacy"p. 61
"War or Constitution"p. 66
"Do Not Serve as a Chaplain"p. 78
"Gross, Shameless, Transparent Cheats"p. 82
The Spanish-American and Philippine-American Warsp. 87
"A Peace Appeal to Labor"p. 89
"War Is Kind"p. 92
"The Conquest of the United States by Spain"p. 93
A Mother, "A Lament from Kentucky"p. 97
"The Pesky Anti-Imperialist"p. 98
"The Paralyzing Influence of Imperialism"p. 101
"The American Birthright and the Philippine Pottage"p. 109
World War Ip. 115
"Wealth's Terrible Mandate"p. 118
"The People Do Not Want This War"p. 123
"The State"p. 132
"Strike Against War"p. 140
"Disarm and Have Peace: A Pacifist Plea to End War"p. 146
"The Subject Class Always Fights the Battles"p. 148
"If: A Mother to Her Daughter"p. 155
"Victory"p. 156
World War IIp. 159
"Two Votes Against War: 1917 and 1941"p. 162
"Assumptions about War"p. 169
"Why We Refused to Register"p. 173
"Why I Refused to Register in the October 1940 Draft and a Little of What It Led To"p. 175
"I Think I'll Sit This One Out"p. 183
The Cold Warp. 195
"A Turning Point in American History"p. 197
"The President Has No Right to Involve the United States in a Foreign War"p. 200
Dwight Eisenhower on the Military-Industrial Complexp. 205
"Those Who Protest: The Transformation of the Conservative Movement"p. 207
"Real Conservatives Don't Start Wars"p. 214
"War, Peace, and the State"p. 217
"Conservative Thoughts on Foreign Policy"p. 226
The Vietnam Warp. 229
"Against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution"p. 232
"This Chamber Reeks of Blood"p. 237
"Let's Mind Our Own Business"p. 239
Divinity Students' Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, 1967p. 240
"Fighting the Lamb's War: Skirmishes with the American Empire"p. 242
"The Verdict"p. 244
"Learning the Hard Way"p. 245
"Time on Target"p. 253
"Hunting"p. 254
"The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag"p. 255
Iraq and the War on Terrorp. 259
"Against War with Afghanistan"p. 261
"We Stand Passively Mute"p. 263
"An Open Letter to My Fellow Veterans"p. 268
"I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose; We Were Both Doing Our Duty"p. 270
"Why Did Bush Destroy Iraq?"p. 274
"It's Mother's Day Again and We're Still at War"p. 277
"Inaugurating Endless War"p. 279
Resignation Letterp. 282
"Iraq Comes Home: Soldiers Share the Devastating Tales of War"p. 285
Americans Confront Warp. 295
John Quincy Adams on U.S. Foreign Policyp. 295
"Mother's Day Proclamation"p. 297
"The Valuation of Human Life in War"p. 298
"Four Bloody Lies of War, from Havana 1898 to Baghdad 2003"p. 300
"The Glory of War"p. 305
"Put Away the Flags"p. 310
"War Is a Government Program"p. 313
"Reflections on War and Its Consequences"p. 315
"Left-Right Alliance Against War?"p. 318
Great Antiwar Films, A List by Butler Shafferp. 325
Bibliographyp. 331
Acknowledgmentsp. 339
About the Editorsp. 341
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9781568583853
ISBN-10: 1568583850
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 9th September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52