Letter March 11, 1918 from Roger Baldwin to Maurice Goldstein

Date

1918-03-11

Title

Letter March 11, 1918 from Roger Baldwin to Maurice Goldstein

Date

1918-03-11

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

Camp Upton, New York

Creator

Baldwin, Roger Nash

Source

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Rights

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Format

image/jpg

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

CDGA.NYBLA-108

Transcription

March 11, 1918

Mr. Maurice Goldstein, Co. A. 308th Inf., Camp Upton, N.Y.

Dear Mr. Goldstein:-

In reply to yours of March 8th, I can only say that the recognition of conscientious objection by the military officers depends entirely upon the stand a man takes himself. The fact that a man submits to military discipline, even when accompanied by brutality, should ordinarily indicate to military officers that the conscientious objection is not serious enough to interfere with the training of a soldier. It is of course obvious to you that the military authorities will make every effort to train all drafted men, and that it is their duty to do so. You can gain recognition only by making clear your position to your superior officers.

RNB.RB

Citation

Baldwin, Roger Nash, “Letter March 11, 1918 from Roger Baldwin to Maurice Goldstein,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed June 18, 2019, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/340.

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