War must be renounced as well as Denounced

War must be renounced as well as Denounced.
Item type
Poster and sandwich board
Date
1937
Description
Poster board dating from 1937, carried in Peace Pledge Union marches. In October 1934 Canon Dick Sheppard, an Anglican priest and pacifist, wrote to the press, calling on men to send him postcards declaring their rejection of war. In the mid-1930s pacifism was growing in popularity and within a year Sheppard had received 80,000 postcards. The size of the response inspired him to try and give their movement a more formal structure. Consequently, in 1936 he set up the Peace Pledge Union (PPU). Those joining the new organisation were asked to sign a pledge declaring “I renounce war and will never support or sanction another.” The theory was that if enough agreed, no government would be able to raise an army, war could never be national policy and peaceful alternatives would have to be found. Supported by such famous writers as Siegfried Sassoon and Aldous Huxley, the PPU had 133,000 members by November 1937. The musuem has two poster boards carried in demonstrations in that year – this is one of them.
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Item type: Poster and sandwich board Date: 1937

Description: Poster board dating from 1937, carried in Peace Pledge Union marches. In October 1934 Canon Dick Sheppard, an Anglican priest and pacifist, wrote to the press, calling on men to send him postcards declaring their rejection of war. In the mid-1930s pacifism was growing in popularity and within a year Sheppard had received 80,000 postcards. The size of the response inspired him to try and give their movement a more formal structure. Consequently, in 1936 he set up the Peace Pledge Union (PPU). Those joining the new organisation were asked to sign a pledge declaring “I renounce war and will never support or sanction another.” The theory was that if enough agreed, no government would be able to raise an army, war could never be national policy and peaceful alternatives would have to be found. Supported by such famous writers as Siegfried Sassoon and Aldous Huxley, the PPU had 133,000 members by November 1937. The museum has two poster boards carried in demonstrations in that year – this is one of them. [nggallery id=17]

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