The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

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Fordham Univ Press, 2004 - Drama - 142 pages
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On May 17, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, nine men and women entered a Selective Service office outside Baltimore. They removed military draft records, took them outside, and set them afire with napalm.The Catholic activists involved in this protest against the War included Daniel and Philip Berrigan; all were found guilt of destroying government property and sentenced to three years in jail. Dan Berrigan fled, and later turned himself in.The Berrigans and their colleagues went on to lives spent struggling against war, poverty, and injustice. And The Trial of the Catonsville Nine became a powerful expression of the conflicts between conscience and conduct, power and justice, law and morality. Drawing on court transcripts, Berrigan wrote a dramatic account of the trial and the issues it so vividly embodied. The result is a landmark work of art that been performed frequently over the past thirty five years, both as a piece of theater and a motion picture.This new edition includes Berrigan's original introduction, and additional materials by Robin Anderson and James Marsh that bring its ideas and themes up to date against the context of the war in Iraq.A wonderfully moving testament to nine consciences.- Clive Barnes, The New York TimesOne who wants to know what an authentically Christian response to the questions of our time is like would be wise to listen to Father Berrigan.-The New York Review of Books
 

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Contents

The Day of the Facts of the Case
11
The Day of the Nine Defendants
17
The Day of Summation
97
The Day of Verdict
109
Giving Voice to a Jesuit Education for Peace and Justice
125
Notes on the Historical Significance of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
129
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Daniel Berrigan is author of fourteen volumes of poetry. His first volume of poetry, Time Without Number (1957), whose publication occurred at the suggestion of poet Marianne Moore, was nominated for the National Book Award and awarded the prestigious Lamant Prize for Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Robin Andersen is Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program and Professor of Communications and Media Studies at Fordham.

James L. Marsh is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Fordham University. He has published widely in such philosophical journals as International Philosophical Quarterly, New German Critique, and International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

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