Direct Action: Radical Pacifism from the Union Eight to the Chicago Seven (Paperback)

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Direct Action tells the story of how a small group of "radical pacifists"—nonviolent activists such as David Dellinger, Staughton Lynd, A.J. Muste, and Bayard Rustin—played a major role in the rebirth of American radicalism and social protest in the 1950s and 1960s. Coming together in the camps and prisons where conscientious objectors were placed during World War II, radical pacifists developed an experimental protest style that emphasized media-savvy, symbolic confrontation with institutions deemed oppressive. Due to their tactical commitment to nonviolent direct action, they became the principal interpreters of Gandhism on the American Left, and indelibly stamped postwar America with their methods and ethos. Genealogies of the Civil Rights, antiwar, and antinuclear movements in this period are incomplete without understanding the history of radical pacifism.

Taking us through the Vietnam war protests, this detailed treatment of radical pacifism reveals the strengths and limitations of American individualism in the modern era.

About the Author


James Tracy is headmaster at Cushing Academy in Ashbunham, MA. He is editor of Why Change? What Works? The NAIS Guide to Change Management and A Guidebook to the NAIS Principles of Good Practice, as well as coeditor of Christmas Unwrapped: Consumerism, Christ, and Culture.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780226811307
ISBN-10: 0226811301
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 1996
Pages: 212
Language: English