United States, Independence Movement, 1765-1775
Walter H. Conser
Decade of nonviolent resistance from 1765 to 1775 that resulted in de facto political independence from the British for a majority of the American colonies. Although often overlooked by historians, the three campaigns that composed this movement operated without force of [...]
Resistance, Politics, and the American Struggle for Independence, 1765-1775,
Walter H. Conser, Jr., Ronald M. McCarthy, David J. Toscano, and Gene Sharp, eds., Lynne Rienner: Boulder, CO, 1986, 565 pp. (out of print).
I beseech you to implore every Friend in Boston by every thing dear and sacred to Men of Sense and Virtue to [...]
I beseech you to implore every Friend in Boston by every thing dear and sacred to Men of Sense and Virtue to avoid Blood and Tumult. They will have time enough to dye. Let them give the other Provinces opportunity to think and resolve. Rash Spirits that would by their Impetuosity involve us in insurmountable [...]
Excepts from two books on the history of colonial non-violent struggle follow these introductory paragraphs:
Nonviolent Action – and especially one of its forms, nonviolent civil disobediance – is commonly viewed with apprehension. Participants encounter people who question their fundamental respect for law and order and their loyalty to country. However, America’s first patriots, [...]
The material below was written by a friend and fellow parishioner to assist pastors and others in Church leadership to address difficult questions of conscience in times of war or impending war. I believe that these reflections are very helpful resources for pastoral leadership, and I commend them to you whole heartedly.
Deacon Clarke [...]