About Peggy Hanna

Peggy Hanna, a Chicago native, became active politically after moving to Ohio in 1965. She was the co-chair of Springfield People for Peace and elected a McGovern delegate to the 1972 Democrat National Convention.

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Professor Reviews

I am so impressed with Peggy’s book.  It was a great way for my (history) students to connect the peace movement through a person whose life experience is similar to their own.  They were able to see the era in a new light, and many students were able to connect what we saw as the core issues (Can you support the troops without supporting the war?  Can you oppose the war and still be a patriot?) with current events.  I believe every American should read this book.

Ruth Dobyns, Ph.D., Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio

Peggy Hanna leads us into an antiwar movement beyond the one the media followed. Here in Springfield, Ohio, as elsewhere in small city America, patriotic moms and dads felt betrayed by the war and tried to stop it. A highlight of Hanna’s story is her experience with a friend at the 1971 Paris Peace Talks and their reception at home afterward. This book is candidly, engagingly written — a good read. It is also a passionate plea for understanding, then and now.

Dr. Charles Chatfield, professor emeritus, Wittenberg University,
author of The American Peace Movement,
and co-author of An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era.

Students in my U.S. history courses responded with great enthusiasm to Peggy Hanna’s strikingly honest memoir.  Her story of transformation and activism, in response to escalating American involvement in Vietnam, initiated intense and timely classroom discussion about American intervention abroad, the peace movement and personal responsibility.

Molly Wood, Ph.D., Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio

Hanna’s book is a terrific addition to my Introductory Sociology class.  Throughout the memoir, Hanna engages students in critical sociological thinking through her personal and historically significant story.  In addition it gives students a sense of empowerment that each of them, as ordinary citizens, can make a difference.  Students love it, and I love what they learn from it.

Beckett Broh, Ph.D., Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio

When thinking about how we can effectively recruit more young people to the peace movement, I have been searching for books that will engage, interest, and excite young people who have the same misconceptions about the peace movement that I had when growing up.  One of the books I think every young person should read is Patriotism, Peace and Vietnam, written by Peggy Hanna.  There is a lot of animosity in American toward the peace movement, but just as my book Will War Ever End? humanizes the military, Peggy’s book humanizes the peace movement.  I cannot recommend her book highly enough, and I hope that you will encourage your students to read it.

Capt. Paul Chappell,
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – Peace Leadership DirectorAuthor of
Will War Ever End:  A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century andThe End of War:  How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet and Our Future

“I read it cover to cover in one sitting, unable to put it down and very able to relate to all that she wrote about.  It is a powerful account of those times!”

Kerry Bassett, MS.,
My Very Own Special Body Book, for preschoolers.