Vietnam War Deserters and Draft Resisters in Canada

List of Selected Works


This list is limited to works of substance and length, most of them theses or separately published books. The order within sections is reverse chronological. The section “Key Works” lists all general titles devoted to the topic and some specific studies. These tend to offer a mixture of case study, narrative history, and analysis (sociological, psychological, political). The section “Related Works” offers a highly selective list of titles that include treatment of the topic. The section “Personal Accounts” lists nonfiction titles by individuals who lived the experience. These and many other books, essays, articles, literary works, archives, government publications, dissertations, films, and sound recordings will appear with annotation in my forthcoming bibliography. If you have detailed research needs, or want to know where to begin, feel free to ask specific questions.

Key Works

John, Henry Richard Lawrence
Resisting the war in “little brother country” : Vietnam War exiles, identity crisis and Canadianization
Vancouver : University of British Columbia, April 2013 / M.A. — History
v, 60 leaves

Squires, Jessica
Building sanctuary : the movement to support Vietnam War resisters in Canada, 1965-73
Vancouver : UBC Press, [2013]
xxi, 348 p.

Murphy, Aisling
Journeys to the “north country fair” : exploring the American Vietnam War migration to Vancouver
Burnaby, B.C. : Simon Fraser University, summer 2010 / M.A. — History
vi, 118 leaves

Jones, Joseph, 1947- / Olafson, Lori, 1961-  (editors)
War resisters in retrospect : papers from the 2007 Our Way Home peace event and reunion
Ottawa : [s.n.], 2009
112 p.

Jones, Joseph, 1947-
Happenstance and Misquotation : Canadian immigration policy 1966-1974, the arrival of U.S. Vietnam War resisters, and the views of Pierre Trudeau
Vancouver : Quarter Sheaf, 2008
80 p.

Roth, Matthew
Crossing borders: the Toronto Anti-Draft Programme and the Canadian anti-Vietnam War movement
Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo, October 2008   /   M.A. — History
v, 118 leaves

Jones, Joseph, 1947-
Contending statistics : the numbers for U.S. Vietnam War resisters in Canada
Vancouver : Quarter Sheaf, 2005
74 p.

Churchill, David Stewart
When home became away : American expatriates and new social movements in Toronto, 1965-1977
Chicago : University of Chicago, August 2001   /   Ph.D. — History
v, 423 p.

Hagan, John, 1946-
Northern passage : American Vietnam War resisters in Canada
Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2001
xiii, 269 p.

Kusch, Frank, 1959-
All American boys : draft dodgers in Canada from the Vietnam War
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001
xviii, 173, [1] p.

Dickerson, James
North to Canada : men and women against the Vietnam War
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999
xviii, 199 p.

Mackie, Patricia
Vietnam-era draft dodgers and deserters : class, Canada, and collusion
Montreal : Concordia University, spring 1998   /   M.A. — History
57 leaves

Haig-Brown, Alan, 1941-
Hell no, we won’t go : Vietnam draft resisters in Canada
Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 1996
xi, 222 p.

Surrey, David Sterling
Choice of conscience : Vietnam era military and draft resisters in Canada
New York : Praeger, 1982
xi, 207 p.

Colhoun, Jack
War resisters in exile : the memoirs of Amex-Canada, p. 11-78 in:
Amex-Canada 6:2 / 47 (Nov.-Dec. 1977)

Kasinsky, Renée G., 1943-
Refugees from militarism : draft-age Americans in Canada
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Books, c1976
[12], 301 p., [1] leaf of plates

Christy, Jim, 1945-  (editor)
The new refugees : American voices in Canada
Toronto : Peter Martin Associates Ltd., c1972
vii, 151 p.

Emerick, Kenneth Fred, 1925-
War resisters Canada : the world of the American military-political refugees
Knox, Pa. : Knox, Pennsylvania Free Press, c1972
xii, 320 p.

Killmer, Richard L., 1942- / Lecky, Robert S. / Wiley, Debrah S.
They can’t go home again : the story of America’s political refugees
Philadelphia : Pilgrim Press, c1971
118 p.

Williams, Roger Neville, 1943-
The new exiles : American war resisters in Canada
New York : Liveright, c1971
xiii, 401 p.

Epp, Frank H., ed.
I would like to dodge the draft-dodgers* but ... [*including deserters]
Waterloo ; Winnipeg : Conrad Press, c1970
95 p.

Related Works

Apostol, Mara Alexandra
Speaking truth to power : how the United Church Observer and the Canadian Mennonite helped their denominations navigate a new church-state dynamic during the Vietnam War
Hamilton, Ont. : McMaster Divinity College, 2010 / M.A. — Christian Studies
xi, 141 leaves

Scott, Holly
Doves of a different feather : Mennonites and the antiwar movement during Vietnam
Harrisburg, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, 2006 / M.A. — American Studies
iv, 77 leaves

Rudy Plaxton, Sharon
To reconcile a nation : Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and the question of amnesty 1974-1980
Kingston, Ont. : Queen’s University, December 1995   /   Ph.D. — History
xxiii, 316 p.

Tollefson, James W., 1950-
The strength not to fight : an oral history of conscientious objectors of the Vietnam War
Boston : Little, Brown, c1993
vi, 248 p.

Gottlieb, Sherry Gershon
Hell no, we won’t go! : resisting the draft during the Vietnam War
New York : Viking, 1991
xxvi, 274 p.

MacPherson, Myra
Long time passing : Vietnam and the haunted generation
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1984
viii, 663 p.

Miller, Melissa / Shenk, Phil M.
The path of most resistance : stories of Mennonite conscientious objectors who did not cooperate with the Vietnam War draft
Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press, 1982
239 p.

Kostash, Myrna, 1944-
Long way from home : the story of the sixties generation in Canada
Toronto : James Lorimer, 1980
xxxvii, 300 p., [14] p. of plates : ill.

Baskir, Lawrence M. / Strauss, William A.
Chance and circumstance : the draft, the war, and the Vietnam generation
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1978
xix, 312 p.

Baskir, Lawrence M. / Strauss, William A.
Reconciliation after Vietnam : a program of relief for Vietnam era draft and military offenders
Notre Dame : University of Notre Dame Press, c1977
xiv, 150 p.

Monke, Lowell
A report on amnesty
Newton, Kansas : Commission on Home Ministries, General Conference Mennonite Church, c1975
100 p.

Polner, Murray, 1928- ed.
When can I come home? : a debate on amnesty for exiles, antiwar prisoners, and others
Garden City, N.Y. : Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1972
267 p.

Personal Accounts

Frutkin, Mark, 1948-
Erratic north : a Vietnam draft resister’s life in the Canadian bush
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2008
236, [4] p.

Ziegler, Robert
The draft dodger dues : a banquet of crow : an autobiography
Victoria, B.C. : Trafford, c2006
[-2], 425, [5] p.

Perrin, Dick, 1948-
G.I. resister : the story of how one American soldier and his family fought the war in Vietnam
Victoria, B.C. : Trafford, c2001
[14], 167 p., [6] p. of plates : ill.

Todd, Jack, 1946-
Desertion : in the time of Vietnam   [U.S. edition]
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001
[8], 293 p.

Todd, Jack, 1946-
The taste of metal : a deserter’s story   [Canadian edition]
Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, c2001
xiii, 253 p.

Fetherling, Douglas
Travels by night : a memoir of the sixties
Toronto : Lester Publishing, c1994
255 p.

Trimm, Steve
Walking wounded : men’s lives during and since the Vietnam War
Norwood, N.J. : Ablex Publishing Corporation, c1993
xx, 204 p.
(Frontiers in psychotherapy series)

Simons, Donald Laird, 1945-
I refuse : memories of a Vietnam War objector
Trenton, N.J. : Broken Rifle Press, c1992
184 p.

Moore, Richard, 1947-
Richard : portrait of a Vietnam War resister
San Francisco : R. Moore, c1987
[4], 5, 5, 6, [2], 4, 5, 3, [6] p.

York, Thomas, 1940-1988
And sleep in the woods : the story of one man’s spiritual quest
Toronto : Doubleday Canada ; Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1978
x, 221, [1] p.

Rockwell, Wilson, 1909-
We hold these truths ...
Caldwell, Idaho : Caxton Printers, 1976
260 p.

Morgan, Allen
Dropping out in 3/4 time
New York : Seabury Press, c1972
152 p.



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