Vietnam War Bibliography:

The Catholic Antiwar Movement

Daniel Berrigan, Night Flight to Hanoi: War Diary with 11 Poems. New York: Macmillan, 1968. xix, 140 pp. Berrigan, a Jesuit since 1939, was one of the more radical spokesmen of the anti-war movement.

Daniel Berrigan, No Bars to Manhood. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970. 215 pp. New York: Bantam, 1971. 202 pp.

Daniel Berrigan, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. Boston: Beacon Press, 1970. xi, 122 pp.

Daniel Berrigan, S.J., "Letter from the Underground." New York Review of Books, 15:3 (August 13, 1970). Berrigan was a fugitive at the time he wrote this, having refused to surrender to serve his prison sentence after his conviction.

Daniel Berrigan, The Dark Night of Resistance. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. vi, 181 pp.

Daniel Berrigan, The Geography of Faith: Conversations between Daniel Berrigan, When Underground, and Robert Coles. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971. 179 pp.

Daniel Berrigan, America is Hard to Find. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972. 191 pp.

Daniel Berrigan, Absurd Convictions, Modest Hopes: Conversations after Prison with Lee Lockwood. New York: Random House, 1972. xx, 227 pp.

Daniel Berrigan, Lights on in the House of the Dead: A Prison Diary. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974.

Daniel Berrigan, To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1987.

Philip Berrigan, A Punishment for Peace. New York: Macmillan, 1969. 178 pp. Philip Berrigan, a Catholic priest of the Josephite order, younger brother of Daniel Berrigan, was arrested October 27, 1967 when he and three others poured blood on the records of a draft board in Baltimore. While awaiting trial, he led a larger group of Catholic leftists, including his brother Daniel, in burning draft records (in the presence of reporters alerted in advance) at the draft board in Catonsville, Ohio, on May 17, 1968. At their trial, the "Catonsville 9" were represented by William M. Kunstler. All were convicted, and given sentences ranging from two to three years.

Philip Berrigan, edited by Vincent McGee, Prison Journals of a Priest Revolutionary. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. xxii, 198 pp. Introduction by Daniel Berrigan.

Philip Berrigan, Widen the Prison Gates: Writing from Jails, April, 1970-December, 1972. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1973. 261 pp.

Philip Berrigan with Fred A. Wilcox, Fighting the Lamb's War: Skirmishes with the American Empire: The Autobiography of Philip Berrigan. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1996. 232 pp.

The Camden 28 Newsletter. The "Camden 28" were a group of Catholic antiwar activists who were arrested, I believe for breaking into a draft board, in Camden, New Jersey, in 1971. At their trial, the judge seems to have allowed more latitude to the defense than was the case in some other trials. The very short newsletter (two pages per issue) was established to recount events in their trial and drum up support for them. Some issues have been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.

William Casey and Philip Nobile, eds., The Berrigans. New York: Praeger, 1971. 253 pp. New York: Avon, 1971. 253 pp.

Richard Curtis, The Berrigan Brothers: The Story of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1974. 174 pp.

John Deedy, Apologies, good friends ... an interim biography of Daniel Berrigan, S.J.. Chicago: Fides/Claretian, 1981. xii, 139 pp.

Robert F. Drinan, S.J., ran for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970, on an antiwar platform, and won.

Francine du Plessix Gray, "Acts of Witness," The New Yorker, March 14, 1970, pp. 44-121. On the Berrigans.

Francine du Plessix Gray, Divine Disobedience: Profiles in Catholic Radicalism. New York: Vintage, 1970. xii, 322 pp.

Stephen Halpert and Tom Murray, eds., Witness of the Berrigans. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972. xi, 202 pp.

Peggy Hanna, Patriotism, Peace, and Vietnam. Left to Write, 2003. 115 pp. Hanna was an Ohio housewife, originally a hawk, who turned anti-war.

The "Harrisburg Seven"—Father Philip Berrigan and six others—were tried, in an exceptionally bizarre case, for conspiracy to commit a variety of crimes, including using bombs to blow up steam pipes providing heat to federal buildings in Washington, and kidnapping Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's national security advisor. The original indictment of January 12, 1971, had six defendants. This was superseded by an indictment of April 30, which modified the charges and increased the number of defendants to eight. The judge severed one defendant from the others as the trial got underway, leaving the "Harrisburg Seven."

Anne Klejment, The Berrigans: Bibliography of Published Works by Daniel, Philip, and Elizabeth McAlister Berrigan. New York: Garland, 1979. xxxii, 209 pp.

Ross Labrie, The Writings of Daniel Berrigan. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989. x, 273 pp.

Howard Levy and David Miller, Going to Jail: The Political Prisoner. New York: Grove Press, 1970. Levy was an Army doctor who was court-martialled for refusing to train Special Forces troops; Miller was a Catholic and an extreme pacifist, who burned his draft card.

Charles Meconis, With Clumsy Grace: The American Catholic Left 1961-1975. New York: Seabury Press, 1979. xiv, 204 pp.

David Miller, I Didn't Know God Made Honky Tonk Communists. Regent Press, 2001. 331 pp. Miller publicly burned his draft card on October 15, 1965, apparently the first person to do so after passage of the law that made this a crime. He was imprisoned. Judging by the description I have seen of this memoir, it is a bit strange.

William D. Miller, Dorothy Day: A Biography. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982. xv, 527 pp.

Penelope Adams Moon, "'We Have Got To Lead Them in the Ways of Peace': The Catholic Peace Fellowship in the Vietnam Era." Ph.D. dissertation, Arizona State, History, 2001. 319 pp. AAT 3014556.

Shawn Francis Peters, The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the vietnam Era. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. xix, 390 pp.

Murray Polner & Jim O'Grady, Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. New York: Basic Books, 1997. 448 pp. The full text is available online to paid subscribers of Questia. pb Boulder: Westview, 1998.

Thomas Quigley, ed., American Catholics and Vietnam. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1968. 197 pp.

John C. Raines, ed., Conspiracy: The Implications of the Harrisburg Trial for the Democratic Tradition. New York: Harper & Row, 1974. ix, 179 pp.

Laura Szumanski Steel, "In the name of the father: The American Catholic Church and United States foreign policy during the Vietnam War." Ph.D. dissertation, History, Temple University, 2005. 473 pp. AAT 3178832. The full text is available online if you are browsing the Internet from an institution, such as Clemson University, that has a subscription to ProQuest "Dissertations and Theses: Full Text."

William Stringfellow and Anthony Towne, Suspect Tenderness: The Ethics of the Berrigan Witness. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1971. xiii, 177 pp. Preface by Daniel Berrigan.

Charles A. Wilkinson, "The Rhetoric of Movements: Definition and Methodological Approach, Applied to the Catholic Anti-war Movement in the United States." Ph.D. dissertation, Speech, Northwestern, 1975. 260 pp. 75-29782. From the abstract this appears to be heavily theoretical, and focussed on the Catonsville Nine.

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