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The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 12 Jul 2012
On May 17th, 1968, a group of Catholic antiwar activists burst into a draft board in suburban Baltimore, stole hundreds of Selective Service records (which they called "death certificates"), and burned the documents in a fire fueled by homemade napalm. The bold actions of the ''Catonsville Nine'' quickly became international news and captured headlines throughout the summer and fall of 1968 when the activists, defended by radical attorney William Kunstler, were triedin federal court. In The Catonsville Nine, Shawn Francis Peters, a Catonsville native, offers the first comprehensive account of this key event in the history of 1960's protest. While thousands of supporters thronged the streets outside the courthouse, the Catonsville Nine—whose ranks included activist priests Philip and Daniel Berrigan—delivered passionate indictments of the war in Vietnam and the brutality of American foreign policy. The proceedings reached a stirring climax, as the nine activistsled the entire courtroom (the judge and federal prosecutors included) in the Lord's Prayer. Peters gives readers vivid, blow-by-blow accounts of the draft raid, the trial, and the ensuing manhunt for the Berrigans, George Mische, and Mary Moylan, who went underground rather than report to prison. He alsoexamines the impact of Daniel Berrigan's play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, and the larger influence of this remarkable act of civil disobedience. More than 40 years after they stormed the draft board, the Catonsville Nine are still invoked by both secular and religious opponents of militarism. Based on a wealth of sources, including archival documents, the activists' previously unreleased FBI files, and a variety of eyewitness accounts, The Catonsville Nine tells a story as relevant and instructive today as it was in 1968.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780199827855
ISBN-10: 0199827850
Pagini: 416
Dimensiuni: 163 x 235 x 33 mm
Greutate: 0.73 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States

Recenzii

Clearly a labor of love, The Cantonsville Nine is a useful examination of the ways in which conscience and politics combined to create both an important moment of protest and witness a larger drama critiquing US foreign policy in Vietnam and the rest of the world.

Notă biografică

Shawn Francis Peters is Humanities Educator at the Center for Educational Opportunity, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of When Prayer Fails, Judging Jehovah's Witnesses, and The Yoder Case.