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    ‘A women’s war against war: The socialist-feminist pacifism of Four Lights: An Adventure in Internationalism’

    Radical Americas

    UCL Press

    socialism, feminism, pacifism, internationalism, print culture

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        The New York City Women’s Peace Party (NYC-WPP) published the first issue of Four Lights: An Adventure in Internationalism on 27 January 1917. The inaugural issue opened with the founders’ mission to ‘voice the young, uncompromising woman’s peace movement in America’ and declared the publication’s anti-war and anti-militarist position to be ‘daring and immediate’. In the short span of the nine months between January and October that Four Lights issued fortnightly numbers, its editors staked and held onto the staunch anti-war stance and Four Lights braided pacifism together with feminism. Their entwined anti-capitalist perspectives on gender, labour, class and race can be understood as anticipating intersectional feminism. Not nearly as well known as The Woman Citizen, The Suffragist and other publications of the women’s national suffrage and Progressive presses, Four Lights offers a fascinating glimpse into the thinking of the most ardent pacifists of the 1910s. This study of Four Lights illuminates this history and situates the journal’s critical place in the history of radical American periodicals.

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              RA
              Radical Americas
              Radic. Am.
              UCL Press
              2399-4606
              30 November 2018
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              10.14324/111.444.ra.2018.v3.1.017
              RA-3-17
              © 2018, Rachel Schreiber.

              This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited • DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ra.2018.v3.1.017.

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              Schreiber, R. ‘“A women’s war against war: The socialist-feminist pacifism of Four Lights: An Adventure in Internationalism”.’ Radical Americas, 3, 1 (2018): 17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ra.2018.v3.1.017.

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