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Pacifism in World War II and Beyond
Steve McQuiddy
Free and open to the public

Oregon author Steve McQuiddy presents “Pacifism in World War II and Beyond,” the story of how a small group of World War II conscientious objectors on the Oregon Coast plowed the ground for the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Twenty years in the making and packed with original research and more than eighty photographs, this definitive history of Civilian Public Service Camp #56 and the Fine Arts at Waldport tells how artists and writers from across the country chose to take a condition of penance (compulsive labor for refusing to serve in the military) and put it to constructive ends. After the war, camp members participated in the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance of the 1950s with Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg—who in turn inspired Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, leading the way to the radical upheavals of the 1960s.

Steve McQuiddy writes and lectures on the eccentric margins of our history and culture. His books include Here on the Edge, a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, featured on the TV series Oregon Experience, a partnership between Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society. The program will also welcome special guest Will Pool, a World War II veteran who is active with Veterans for Peace 72, the Portland Chapter. Additional Veterans for Peace members will be present with information about the group.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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