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Liberty and Conscience: A Documentary History of Conscientious Objectors in America through the Civil War

Peter Brock


While conscientious objection in the twentieth century has been well documented, there has been surprisingly little study of its long history in America's early conflicts, defined as these have been by accounts of patriotism and nation building. In fact, during the period of conscription from the late 1650s to the end of the Civil War, many North Americans refused military service on the grounds of conscience. The author, who is one of the foremost historians of American pacifism, seeks to remedy this oversight by presenting a rich and varied collection of documents, many drawn from obscure so ... More

Keywords: America, Canada, colonial America, conscientious objectors, documentation, history, North America, pacifism, Quakers, religion, religious conviction, USA, West Indies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195151224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Brock, editor
University of Toronto

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