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Kingdom to CommuneProtestant Pacifist Culture between World War I and the Vietnam Era$
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Patricia Appelbaum

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832677

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889763_appelbaum

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“Bad Mother”

“Bad Mother”

Marjorie Swann

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Kingdom to Commune

Patricia Appelbaum

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Marjorie Swann, a mother with four children, who participated in a civil disobedience action at a nuclear-weapons site near Omaha, Nebraska, in the summer of 1959. Swann was tried and sentenced to six months in federal prison. The judge who sentenced her said, among other things, “You are a bad mother.” Swann's story illustrates continuities and discontinuities in Protestant pacifist religious culture and raises new questions about it.

Keywords:   religious pacifism, Protestant pacifism, pacifist culture, pacific activism

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