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Friends and Coal by Clarence Pickett, 1931

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An essay by one of AFSC’s founders is reprinted from the “Friends Intelligencer” of August 29, 1931. Pickett makes the case for a positive response to the government’s request for help from the Service Committee: “Once again on a large scale Friends are asked to see whether the spirit of good-will and reconciliation can be brought into a situation that now represents so much of chaos, conflict and bitterness.” He points out that the primary difference between Appalachian and European post-war relief is the “demonstration of how men and their families, who probably never could be used again in the coal industry, might be rehabilitated and made self-supporting.” 

Created Date 
Jan 19, 2016