The Selective Service Act of 1917 and U.S. entry into World War I provided a quandary for individuals holding deep moral objection to military service. Both in the U.S. and Britain, conscientious objectors were at risk for persecution and imprisonment. Quakers in North Carolina were among those advocating for another way and promoting service through civic engagement and peaceful international relations.Gwen Gosney Erickson, Friends Historical Collection Librarian and Archivist at Guilford College, has over 30 years of experience researching and writing about the experiences of Quaker conscientious objectors with a specific focus on the Society of Friends (Quakers) in North Carolina. She has served in her current (but ever evolving) position at Guilford College since 2000. She has a passion for sharing resources and connecting people to history through access to primary sources that deepen our understanding of the human experience.Charlotte Museum of History3500 Shamrock Dr.Call 704-416-0150 to make reservations.
Charlotte Museum of History3500 Shamrock Dr.Call 704-416-0150 to make reservations.