Here on the Edge: World War II Conscientious Objectors, Their Legacy of Art and Peace

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
Photo from Here on the Edge book cover
Celebrating the recently published book, author Steve McQuiddy and special guest Vladimir Dupre will be in conversation with Steve Dickison. Free.
City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Street, San Francisco
The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives, Litquake and City Lights Books
City Lights Books
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Here on the Edge is the story of how a World War II conscientious objectors camp on the Oregon Coast plowed the ground for the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. This event explores a long-neglected element of World War II history: the role of pacifism and conscientious objection in what is often called “The Good War.” It focuses on one camp situated on the rain-soaked Oregon coast, Civilian Public Service Camp No. 56. As home to the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, the camp became a center of activity for artists and writers from across the country who chose to take a condition of penance (compulsive labor for refusing to serve in the military) and put it to constructive ends. After the war, camp members went on to participate in the San Francisco poetry renaissance of the 1950s, which heavily influenced the Beat Generation of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg — who, in turn, inspired the likes of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, leading the way to the 1960s radical upheavals epitomized by San Francisco’s Summer of Love.