Jane Addams Told Pacifism Is Unwise, June 11, 1917


Jane Addams Told Pacifism Is Unwise

Paper Read at Evanston Church Criticized by Illinois Supreme Court Judge.

Chicago, Ill., June 11. -- Profound silence followed an address by Miss Jane Addams on "Pacifism and Patriotism in the Time of War" before the current events class of the First Congregational church at Evanston yesterday. Finally Orrin N. Carter of the State supreme court and a member of the class jumped to his feet.

"I have been a life long friend of Miss Addams," Justice Carter said, "I have agreed with her on most questions in the past --"

"That sounds as if you were going to break with me" interrupted Miss Addams laughing.

"I am going to break," the justice retorted. "I think anything that may tend to cast doubt on the justice of our cause in the present war is very unfortunate. No pacifist measures, in my opinion, should be taken until the war is over."

"I am not sure that such a paper as I have just read is altogether advisable in a time like the present," Miss Addams said, "but if there is any question on that score it should be referred to the committee that invited me here to speak."