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No More War Movement Collected Records


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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No More War Movement (NMWM); founded in London in 1921 by a group of absolute pacifists as a successor to the No-Conscription Fellowship; a majority of the sponsors were connected with the Independent Labour Party. For a time it was the British Section of the War Resisters' International. Members affirmed that they declared themselves unwilling to ever "take part in war, offensive or defensive, international or civil, whether by bearing arms, making or handling munitions, voluntarily subscribing to war loans, or using labour for the purpose of setting others free for war service." Membership never exceeded a few thousand, but its influence was considerable for about ten years in the 1920s. Decline in its activity and influence was already noticeable by the early 1930s, as the mood of Great Britain changed and the reaction against World War I receded. With the break between labor and pacifist groups in the 1930s, many members of the NMWM began to affiliate with other groups, notably the Peace Pledge Union, which absorbed its assets when it disbanded in 1937, although the NMWM's Midlands Council existed for about a year longer.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the archives of the No More War Movement.

Periodicals: New World and No More War: also available on microfilm.

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