A professor of history who was a draft resister in World War II reviews religious objection to war, war resistance as a phase of reform, and conscription since 1757 in America.
About the Author(s)
Larry Gara was born in 1922 and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the 1940s he attended Penn State and was sentenced to prison for refusing to be drafted into World War Two. When he returned to school in order to get a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, at least one professor greeted him with a joke about his smooth transition from Penn State to the state pen. While at Wisconsin, he studied the development of the Underground Railroad, placing ex-slaves in the center of that story rather than giving all the credit to abolitionists. He taught at Eureka and Grove City Colleges, getting fired from the latter for his political beliefs. He moved on to Wilmington College, where he taught for forty years. He continues to live in Ohio and work for peace.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #171