The Moral Equivalent of War.New York: American Association for International Conciliation, 1910 Stock Code: 145846
First separate edition (originally published in McClure's Magazine and Popular Science Monthly). James argues that if war is to be eliminated, there must be another means of securing discipline and promoting other martial virtues, and he suggests conscripting youth for manual labour. The Association published pamphlets with a pacifist theme; this is number 27 in their series.
"This essay, based on a speech delivered at Stanford University in 1906, is the origin of the idea of organized national service. The line of descent runs directly from this address to the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps to the Peace Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps. Though some phrases grate upon modern ears, particularly the assumption that only males can perform such service, several racially-biased comments, and the notion that the main form of service should be viewed as a 'warfare against nature,' it still sounds a rallying cry for service in the interests of the individual and the nation" (University of Kentucky's introduction to their digitized text).
Octavo. Original plain wrappers printed in black, stapled as issued.
Soiled, neat ownership initials to front wrapper. A good copy.
McDermott p. 851.
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