Capturing the Voices of Dissenters

Tracing the history of the dedicated men and women in military service, journalist and author Chris Lombardi ’80 has presented an account of those in the armed forces who have exercised the power of dissent. In I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters, and Objectors to America’s Wars (The New Press 2020), Lombardi examines the generations of soldiers who have protested against government actions and policies, going back centuries to before the U.S. Constitution had been signed.

Soldier dissenters who stood against the nation’s wars and violations in conduct spoke out and formed a foundation for change in U.S. politics. Lombardi follows the course of the nation’s history through its long saga of war, from the Civil War to present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also profiles the activism of conscientious objectors including Howard Zinn, William Kunstler, and Chelsea Manning, giving voice to those who spoke out for peace.