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Title A few small candles : war resisters of World War II tell their stories / edited by Larry Gara & Lenna Mae Gara
Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [1999]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 207 pages) : illustrations
Contents Prison memoir / Bronson P. Clark -- Why I refused to register in the October 1940 draft and a little of what it led to / David Dellinger -- My resistance to World War II / Ralph DiGia -- My war and my peace / Arthur A. Dole -- My war on war / Larry Gara -- War resistance in World War II / John H. Griffith -- Reflections of a religious war objector (half a century later) / George M. Houser -- Prison and butterfly wings / William P. Roberts, Jr. -- How the war changed my life / Lawrence Templin -- My story of World War II / George Yamada
Summary Little is known about those who openly refused to enter military service in World War II because of their convictions against killing. While many of those men accepted alternative civilian service, more than 6,000 were incarcerated with sentences ranging from a few months to five years. Some were tried, convicted, and re-imprisoned for essentially the same offense - resisting induction into the armed forces - after their initial release. In A Few Small Candles, ten men tell why they resisted, what happened to them, and how they feel about that experience today. Their stories detail the resisters' struggles against racial segregation in prison, as well as how they instigated work and hunger strikes to demonstrate against other prison injustices. Each of the ten has remained active in various causes relating to peace and social justice. This is a unique collection of memoirs that illuminates the American home front during World War II and provides an important source for those interested in the American peace movement
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-207)
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Subject Conscientious objectors -- United States -- Biography.
Political prisoners -- United States -- Biography.
Service, Compulsory non-military -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious objectors -- United States.
Genre/Form Biography.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
Author Gara, Larry.
Gara, Lenna Mae, 1926-
LC no. 98031253
ISBN 1612772005 (electronic bk.)
1612772013 (electronic bk.)
9781612772004 (electronic bk.)
9781612772011 (electronic bk.)
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