The Fight for Peace

The Fight for Peace

The Fight for Peace

The Fight for Peace

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The American movement for world peace has behind it a century of pioneering. Neglected until recently by historians, ignored by the savants who compile encyclopedias, there has been no public comprehension of the force this developing enterprise has exerted on our national life and character.

Nowhere yet is there an adequate record of the organized war against war which first took form in the United States and to which the early American peace societies so gallantly contributed throughout the world.

The rôle of the movement, it is true, has largely been defensive. The story is chiefly one of hard defeats and illusory successes. There have been victories, none the less, and noble, agonizing struggles, quickened into colorful drama by some of the world's most gifted personalities.

These men and women, their aims and deeds, their splendid loyalties and their betrayals, their cautious compromises and their daring ventures, should be indelible. Yet they have perished from all common knowledge. More vital and more vivid than many who are better known, under the corrosion of incredible disregard they have disappeared from the living pages of the past.

Small wonder that our discussions of war and peace teem with untrue generalities; that so much peace planning is unpoised by real perspective; that so many literary and oratorical flights above the battle reveal the absence of an earth-inductor compass.

The farmer, the chemist, the teacher, for example--and by now increasingly the social scientist--have access to a body of experience. Not so the engineer of peace. Every new effort he makes is still a pioneering venture. His process is almost . . .

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