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

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Basic Books, Oct 20, 2008 - Political Science - 368 pages
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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.
 

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History repeats itself, and Polner and Woods (The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History) remind us that both Leftist dissent against jingoism and Rightist opposition to governments swollen ... Read full review

Contents

1 The War of 1812
1
Daniel Webster The Draft Is Unconstitutional
3
John Randolph What Republicanism Is This?
9
Samuel Taggart With Good Advice Make War
10
2 The Mexican War
21
Henry Clay Annexation and the War with Mexico Are Identical
23
Charles Sumner The True Grandeur of Nations
24
Theodore Parker Mean and Infamous
28
Robert A Taft The President Has No Right to Involve the United States in a Foreign War
200
Dwight Eisenhower on the MilitaryIndustrial Complex
205
The Transformation of the Conservative Movement
207
Bill Kauffman Real Conservatives Dont Start Wars
214
Murray N Rothbard War Peace and the State
217
Russel Kirk Conservative Thoughts on Foreign Policy
226
8 The Vietnam War
229
Wayne Morse Against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
232

Abraham Lincoln The HalfInsane Mumbling of a Fever Dream
30
William Goodell This Is a War for Slavery
33
Alexander Campbell Address on War
45
3 The Civil War
55
Ezra Heywood The War Method of Peace
58
David Lipscomb A Christian Appeal to the Confederacy
61
Clement L Vallandigham War or Constitutuin
66
Alfred H Love Do Not Serve as a Chaplain
78
Lysander Spooner GrossShameless Transparent Cheats
82
4 The SpanishAmerican and Philippine Wars
87
Bolton Hall A Peace Appeal to Labor
89
Stephen Crane War Is Kind
92
William Graham Sumner The Conquest of the United Statesby Spain
93
A Mother A Lament from Kentucky
97
Wendell Phillips Garrison The Pesky AntiImperialist
98
William Jennings Bryan The Paralyzing Influence ofImperialism
101
Henry Van Dyke The American Birthright and the Philippine Pottage
109
5 World War I
115
George W Norris Wealths Terrible Mandate
118
Robert M La Follette The People Do Not Want This War
123
Randolph Bourne The State
132
Helen Keller Strike Against War
140
Eugene V Debs The Subject Class Always Fights the Battles
148
A Mother to Her Daughter
155
Marion Patton Waldron Victory
156
6 World War II
159
1917 to 1941
162
Stuart Chase Assumptions about War
169
Donald Benedict et al Why We Refused to Register
173
David Dellinger Why I Refused to Register in the October1940 Draft and a Little of What It Led To
175
Milton S Mayer I Think Ill Sit This One Out
183
7 The Cold War
195
Henry AWallace A Turning Point in American History
197
George McGovern This Chamber Reeks of Blood
237
David M Shoup Lets Mind Our Own Business
239
Divinity Students Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert SMcNamara
240
Skirmishes with the American Empire
242
Daniel Berrigan The Verdict
244
W D Ehrhart Learning the Hard Way
245
W D Ehrhart Time on Target
253
W D Ehrhart Hunting
254
Country Joe the Fish The Fish Cheer IFeelLikeImFixintoDie Rag
255
9 Iraq and the War on Terror
259
Barbara Lee Against War with Afganistan
261
Robert Byrd We Stand Passively Mute
263
Camillo Mac Bica An Open Letter to My Fellow Veterans
268
Andrew J Bacevich I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose We Were Both Doing Our Duty
270
Paul Craig Roberts Why Did Bush Destroy Iraq?
274
Murray Polner Its Mothers Day Again and Were Still at War
277
Partick J Buchanan Inaugurating Endless War
279
John Brady Kiesling Resignation Letter
282
Soldiers Share the Devastating Tales of War
285
10 Americans Confront War
295
Julia Ward Howe Mothers Day Proclamation
297
Elihu Burritt The Valuation of Human Life at War
298
Harvey Wasserman Four Bloody Lies of War from Havana 1898 to Baghdad 2003
300
Llewellyn H Rockwell Jr The Glory of War
305
Howard Zinn Put Away the Flags
310
Sheldon Richman War Is a Government Program
313
Lawrence SWittner Reflections on War and Its Consequences
315
Jon Basil Utley LeftRight Alliance Against War?
318
Great Antiwar Films by Butler Shaffer
325
Bibliography
331
Acknowledgments
339
About the Editors
341
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Murray Polner is a freelance editor and writer whose work has appeared in Washington Monthly, Commonweal, The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Jewish Week, among others. He lives in Great Neck, New York.

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. His numerous books include the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. Woods lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife and three daughters.

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