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Introduction “Arguably the Single Most Powerful Antiwar Act in American History”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827855.003.0000
Introduction “Arguably the Single Most Powerful Antiwar Act in American History”

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This chapter begins with a description of the protest staged by the Catonsville Nine and its aftermath. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore both the triumphs and the tragedies of the Catonsville Nine. It does so by chronicling their lives both as individuals and as members of a group that engaged in a provocative and controversial iteration of social, religious, and political protest—one that still stands, for many Americans, as a signal act of civil disobedience. It also follows many of those whose paths intersected, if only briefly, with the Nine: the draft board clerk who attempted to stop their protest, the federal judge who struggled mightily to manage their trial, the firebrand attorneys who represented them in court, the supporters who aided their protest and organized the demonstrations that were staged in conjunction with their trial.

Keywords: Catonsville Nine; protests; civil disobedience

Chapter.  3786 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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