An illuminating documentary history that reveals the effects of U.S. military ventures overseas on more than a century of American life at home. "Who are the heroes that fight your war? Mothers who have no say. But my duty's done so for God's sake leave one! And don't take my darling boy away." --antiwar song circa 1916 The United States has been at war for seventy of the past one hundred years. And even as American soldiers have fought overseas, war has profoundly influenced almost every aspect of American society on the home front--as this startling collection of wartime letters, song lyrics, poems, editorial cartoons, newspaper articles, leaflets, and government documents (from the Spanish-American War and World War I to the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the war in Iraq) reveals. "Home Fronts" offers a vivid cross-section of American intellectual, political, and cultural life in wartime over the past century. Here are brief excerpts--set into historical context with concise introductions--from the most important work by intellectual luminaries, political activists, poets, songwriters, and presidents. Across the rich variety of social commentary, political critique, and artistic expression--which covers the full spectrum from pro-war to peacenik--"Home Fronts" brings into sharp focus the startling continuities and revealing contrasts between past and present wartime experiences. A major historical resource, "Home Fronts" will also be an important intellectual tool for anyone contemplating the impact of war in our own time. Includes the words of: - William Jennings Bryan - Emma Goldman - Eugene V. Debs - W.E.B. Du Bois - CharlesLindbergh - David Dellinger - Ring Lardner Jr. - John Steinbeck - Dwight Macdonald - Thomas Merton - John Hope Franklin - Muhammad Ali - Noam Chomsky - Daniel Berrigan - Herbert Marcuse - Marvin Gaye - J. Anthony Lukas - Richard Nixon - Denise Levertov - The Dead Kennedys - Sydney Schanberg - George Packer - Christopher Hitchens - Charles Simic - and many others
Michael S. Foley is associate professor of history at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island. He is the author of Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War.
This is a compilation of writings on war, conscription, and social control by dozens of 20th-century figures across politics, art, ethics, and social commentary. The organization by war (including the Cold War) gives us Emma Goldman and W.E.B. DuBois contrasted with the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-18; and Howard Fast and Joseph McCarthy side by side in the Cold War section. Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the second Iraq War have their own sections, featuring antiwar activists and official pronouncements from the administration in office. This is a useful handbook covering many shades of public opinion but generally on the left in orientation. An interesting and valuable collection for public and college libraries.