New York State Archives, NYSA_A3167-78A_B7_AUAM_Letter
Letter from the American Union Against Militarism to teachers of the United States, December 31, 1920.
What was the purpose of the AUAM?
What arguments does the AUAM use in the letter to persuade teachers to join their organization? Explain why these arguments might be persuasive to a teacher.
Why do you think a teacher might not join even if they agreed with the AUAM? Explain your answer.
What does the AUAM mean by the term “militarization” and why might it cause starvation?
What other groups do you think may have been targets of the AUAM’s campaign for donations? Explain your answer.
What role as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) played in the lives of Americans over the last century? Use specific examples of how the ACLU has impacted American social, economic, and political life.
Art: Design a campaign poster for the American Union against Militarism.
English Language Arts: Imagine you are one of the teachers who received this letter from the AUAM. Write a letter to the organization explaining why you cannot join their organization.
Speer, Edgar B. Roger Baldwin and the American Civil Liberties Union: Excerpt of a Report by a Former Special Agent of the Bureau of Investigation, US Dept. of Justice. [May 3, 1920] 1 Document in DoJ/BoI Investigative Files, NARA collection M-1085, reel 943, file 384481, pp. 17-25.