Morrison, Norman R., 1933-1965

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Norman Morrison (1933-1965) became interested in the religious ideals and principles of the Society of Friends while studying in Scotland. In 1962, as a convinced Friend, he became the Executive Secretary of the Baltimore Monthly Meeting. Morrison was distraught as the pace of U.S military involvement and the bombing of civilians in Vietnam escalated; he chose to immolate himself in front of the Pentagon on November 2, 1965. His was one of only three such deaths in the United States, though many Buddhist monks in Vietnam used self-immolation as religious witness to attempt to end the war.

From the description of Norman R. Morrison collection, 1965-1968, 1985 (Swarthmore College, Peace Collection). WorldCat record id: 28469657

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referencedIn Champney, Horace. Horace Champney papers, 1906-1990, bulk 1958-1979. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Norman R. Morrison Memorial Fund. Norman R. Morrison Memorial Fund records, 1965-1968. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Laing, Alexander, 1903-1976. The gentle Quaker--Morrison. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn W. T. Reid Papers, 1880-1937 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Morrison, Norman R., 1933-1965. Norman R. Morrison collection, 1965-1968, 1985 Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
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associatedWith Champney, Horace. person
associatedWith Laing, Alexander, 1903-1976. person
associatedWith Norman R. Morrison Memorial Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Reid, William Thomas, b. 1842 person
associatedWith Swarthmore College. Peace Collection. corporateBody
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Government, Resistance to--History--Sources
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--Sources
Pacifists--History--Sources
Quakers--History--Sources
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Birth 1933-12-29

Death 1965-11-02

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