Taking a Stand Against War Questions

At the start of the War, most people thought that fighting for your country was a good thing.  They were strongly encouraged to believe this by the government and media.  Those who did not want to fight were known as Conscientious Objectors.  They objected to war on moral, religious or political grounds and life was not easy for them.

Conscientious Objection

How does Frederic Osborn describe war?

Who does he think is responsible?

Why does he feel that war is pointless?

What does he think the conflict is really about?

Do you think there is a connection between Osborn’s involvement with the Garden City movement and his views on war?

Where does Osborn think the hope for permanent peace lies?

What is his opinion of conscription?

What are your views on war and how it can be prevented?

Military Tribunals

What reasons are given that Osborn should not go to war?

How is Osborn’s work described?

What was Osborn’s role at the [Howard Cottage] Society and why has his role expanded?

How many families would be affected by the Society’s work?

Do you think this is a convincing case?

Why do you think Osborn’s exemption  was only temporary?

Would you grant Osborn an exemption?

In his letter to the editor of The Express newspaper, what does Osborn say about Hertfordshire’s Tribunals in comparison with other counties nearby?

How is Osborn’s bravery different to that of the soldiers on the Front?

Why does he believe that the Hertfordshire Tribunals are biased?

Finally, have a look at the cartoon.  What message does the the artist wish to convey about the general experience of facing a Tribunal?

This page was added on 19/11/2015.

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