“Being ‘Underground’ Is Strange”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI:
“Being ‘Underground’ Is Strange”

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As the date of their surrender approached, the surviving members of the Catonsville Nine gathered to discuss whether they would submit to imprisonment. Up until that point, Mary Moylan had not really intended to become a fugitive for an extended period. She had considered engaging in nothing more than a brief act of defiance. But everything changed for Moylan when she learned that the Berrigan brothers and George Mische planned to go underground. She reconsidered her plans and she stated that she “decided that because women's liberation is one of the most important issues being raised, I felt I had to do the same thing.” Moylan's first weeks as a fugitive were unsettling. It was a confusing period in which she battled to make meaning of her resistance. “Being ‘underground’ is strange,” she wrote shortly after she went on the lam. Because she was so isolated, simply getting through the day could be a challenge.

Keywords: Mary Moylan; fugitives; defiance; Berrigan brothers; George Mische; resistance; women's movement

Chapter.  6175 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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