GCU Professor Examines the Role of Peace, Dissent During World War I

¬†GCU’s Dr. Scott Bennett on Peace—In Time of War

Scott Bennett, PH.D.

Historian Scott Bennett, Ph.D., is also an expert on radical pacifism and nonviolence since World War I.

How did dissenters and peace activists fare during World War I? Not so well, said GCU history professor Scott Bennett, Ph.D., in an interview with journalist Ann Jones of the Australian Broadcast Company. Hear his commentary on “The Enemy Within,” which aired internationally in June 2014. (Dr. Bennett’s segment begins at 38:40.)

“There was widespread support for the U.S. to enter the war in 1917, but that said, before and after April 1917, there was also significant opposition to the U.S. intervention,” Dr. Bennett explained. “Many, many men tried to evade conscription either by not enrolling; thousands married under the mistaken notion that¬† if they were married, they would not be conscripted. Among ethnic Americans, especially Irish-Americans and German-Americans, many did not want to end up in a situation fighting against family and kin.”

Look to hear more from him and other noted historians at Dissent, Activism and Transformation, the GCU WWI anniversary conference set for October 17-18, 2014.