Series 16 - Canadian women peace activists oral history interviews

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Canadian women peace activists oral history interviews

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  • 1987-1989 (Creation)

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25 audio cassettes

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Series consists of audiocassettes of interviews carried out by Barbara Roberts mainly in 1988 as part of her research into Canadian women who were peace activists before 1960 and contains interviews with Edith Adamson, Hilary Brown, Dr. James Endicott, Mildred Fahrni, Mary Hinde, with various people who knew Laura Hughes, and with Betty Midiros, Nellie Peterson, Louise Swift, Marjorie Thibodeau, Mary Thompson, Jean Woodsworth, and Sheila Young. Consent forms signed by Edith Adamson, Hilary Brown, Mildred Fahrni, Marjorie Thibodeau, Mary Thomson, and Sheila Young, are filed in series 11, box 4.2. There are no consent forms signed by Dr. Endicott, Mary Hinde, Betty Midiros, Nellie Peterson, Louise Swift, Jean Woodsworth, or the people interviewed about Laura Hughes.

The subjects talk variously about their lives before they became involved in the peace movement and the factors that shaped their views of war; different kinds of pacifism; groups they belonged to in the 1930s; the influence on them of the growth of fascism; work they did in the Second World War; groups or organizations that were interested in or connected with the peace movement, such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Peace Congress, the Communist Party, the C.C.F., the Vancouver Women’s School for Citizenship, various church groups, the Voice of Women, the Mother’s Committee against Radiation Hazards, etc.; women who were active in the peace movement and in the Peace Congress; the politics of the peace movement; the Cold War, the “witch hunt” and its effects on people’s lives, etc.

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