Development of the Peace Idea, and Other Esays

Development of the Peace Idea, and Other Esays

Development of the Peace Idea, and Other Esays

Development of the Peace Idea, and Other Esays

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The peace movement as a definite and organized movement began in the United States, in 1815. During the centuries great peace prophets, Dante, Erasmus, Grotius, William Penn, Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and other glorious pioneers had risen in long and noble apostolic succession to denounce the war system and demand a just and ordered international life. But the first peace society in the world was the New York Peace Society, founded by David Low Dodge in August, 1815, two months after Waterloo. In Christmas week of the same year, the Massachusetts Peace Society was founded by Noah Worcester and William Ellery Channing. The English Peace Society, organized in London, in 1816, was the first in Europe. The Massachusetts Peace Society rapidly became large and influential; and local societies multiplied in various parts of the country. In 1828, mainly through the efforts of William Ladd, who had left his beloved Maine farm for his consecrated and untiring missionary life in the high cause, the American Peace Society was established, by the federation of the local societies. Ladd became the chairman of its Board of Directors . . .

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