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Political Fight for Pacifism

Title: The Political Fight for Pacifism: The American Friends Service Committee and the United States, 1917-1955.
Name(s): Sebeny, Hillary Jean, author
Piehler, G. Kurt, professor directing thesis
Frank, Andrew, 1970-, committee member
Williamson, George S., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (77 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis investigates the relationship between the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the United States government and foreign policy between its inception in 1917 and the publication of its pamphlet "Speak Truth to Power" in 1955. Rooted in both Progressive-era thought and a particular Quaker ethic, the AFSC's work found support within the government in both the Hoover and Roosevelt Administrations when the Friends' goals aligned with the government's, and through friendships at the leadership level, like Clarence Pickett's strong working relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt. This relationship proved especially effective during the Friends' World War II-era refugee and feeding relief work, which earned the organization a Nobel Peace Prize in 1947. However, the Friends' reputation suffered in the atmosphere of the early Cold War years, as their opposition to the US-Soviet arms race and reluctance to condemn the Soviets earned them deep suspicion within the American government.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9243 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: November 7, 2014.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: G. Kurt Piehler, Professor Directing Thesis; Andrew Frank, Committee Member; George Williamson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Sebeny, H. J. (2014). The Political Fight for Pacifism: The American Friends Service Committee and the United States, 1917-1955. Retrieved from