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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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Performing Pacifism

Performing Pacifism

Worship, Plays, and Pageants

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Kingdom to Commune

Patricia Appelbaum

University of North Carolina Press

The range of pacifist performance is wide. Individuals and groups enacted their pacifism for intimate gatherings and for the larger public. Speeches, discussion, marches, picket lines, rallies, and public pledges emerged early and remained standard forms of pacifist action. This chapter focuses on the interwar period and on three modes of group performance that were widely used: worship services, plays, and pageants. It considers the written texts of readings, liturgies, and scripts; the gestures, actions, and visual signals through which the texts were embodied and enacted; and the effects of word and embodiment on participants and audience.

Keywords:   religious pacifism, Protestant pacifism, interwar period, group performance, Protestantism, worship services, plays, pageants

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