From Father Berrigan to Black Lives Matter

Literary representations of peace activism since 1945

Authored by: Carolyn Dekker

The Routledge History of World Peace Since 1750

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138069138
eBook ISBN: 9781315157344
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315157344-14

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Abstract

Since 1945, peace activism, both as directed against wars and against nuclear armament, has left deep marks on American culture and policy; literature helped facilitate these momentous cultural and political happenings. Many scholars would here make an important distinction between the work of anti-nuclear activists to further positive peace and the work of anti-war activists to further the mere negative peace, particularly of a cease fire or the withdrawal of American forces from a war zone. The breadth of the activist careers treated in this chapter, including those of the Berrigan brothers, who rose to prominence for resisting the Vietnam War and lived out a long activist trajectory that came to include anti-nuclear work, cautions against such a reductive view of anti-war work.

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