“One of the great classics of documentary history. I wish every young person in this country would read it for its wisdom and inspiration.” —Howard Zinn, author, A People's History of the United States (on the previous edition)
Nonviolence in America is a comprehensive compilation of primary sources that document the history of nonviolence in the United States from colonial times to the present. This newly revised edition begins with writings by William Penn and John Woolman and ends with the recent campaign of “water protectors” at Standing Rock in North Dakota.
Classic texts by Henry David Thoreau, William James, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barbara Deming, David Dellinger, and Dorothy Day complement first-person narratives from campaigns for peace, women’s suffrage, labor, Civil Rights, and other neglected struggles for peace and justice.
Staughton Lynd, historian, activist for civil rights and peace, and attorney, is the author of many books including Intellectual Origins of American Radicalism (Cambridge) and Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change (PM Press).
Alice Lynd, a draft counselor during the Vietnam War, is the author of We Won’t Go: Personal Accounts of War Objectors (Beacon). Together they have edited oral histories and written Moral Injury and Nonviolent Resistance: Breaking the Cycle of Violence in the Military and Behind Bars (PM Press).