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Author McQuiddy, Steve.

Title Here on the edge / Steve McQuiddy
Published Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (viii, 326 pages) : illustrations
Contents An unusual gathering -- The cost of conscience in America -- Shared misery and gallows humor -- Community, cooperation, and sacrifice -- Against them the creative act -- Democratic sausage-making -- No use for war -- As close as it gets to a school -- The revolution begins -- Be cheerful, keep smiling -- What now? -- Unscrew the locks from the doors! -- Coda : Let us at least salute it
Summary This book explores a long-neglected element of World War II history: the role of pacifism in what is often called "The Good War." The author shares the fascinating story of one conscientious objector camp located on the rain-soaked Oregon Coast, Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp #56. As home to the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, the camp became a center of activity where artists and writers from across the country focused their work not so much on the current war, but on what kind of society might be possible when the shooting finally stopped. They worked six days a week - planting trees, crushing rock, building roads, and fighting forest fires - in exchange for only room and board. At night, they published books under the imprint of the Untide Press. They produced plays, art, and music - all during their limited non-work hours, with little money and few resources. This influential group included poet William Everson, later known as Brother Antoninus, "the Beat Friar"; violinist Broadus Erle, founder of the New Music Quartet; fine arts printer Adrian Wilson; Kermit Sheets, co-founder of San Francisco's Interplayers theater group; architect Kemper Nomland, Jr.; and internationally renowned sculptor Clayton James. 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, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder - who in turn inspired Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, leading the way to the 1960s upheavals epitomized by San Francisco's Summer of Love. The author presents a thorough history of the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, documenting how their actions reasonated far beyond the borders of the camp
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Civilian Public Service. Camp #56 (Waldport, Or.)
Civilian Public Service. Camp #56 (Waldport, Or.)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious objectors -- Oregon -- Waldport
Conscientious objectors -- Oregon -- Waldport -- History -- 20th century
Arts -- Oregon -- History -- 20th century
Artists -- Oregon -- History -- 20th century
Authors, American -- Oregon -- History -- 20th century
Musicians -- Oregon -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Oregon -- Waldport
Authors, American
Conscientious objectors
Intellectual life
Oregon -- Intellectual life
Oregon -- Waldport
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780870715990
Other Titles How a small group of World War II conscientious objectors took art and peace from the margins to the mainstream