Pacifism vs. Patriotism in Women's Organizations in the 1920s:
How Was the Debate Shaped by the Expansion of the American Military?


      The documents in this collection examine the battle between women pacifists and patriots in the 1920s. They express the conflicting perspectives of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom regarding the presence of the military in American politics and diplomacy. Nearly all of the documents professed a desire for peace, yet their authors disagreed on the best means to that end. At the center of this issue was the question of disarmament.

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