A project from Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain:
The white feather diaries is a social media storytelling
project marking the centenary of World War I. It offers an insight into
overlooked aspects of war: resistance to killing and the relief of
The website follows the lives of five young people who lived a
century ago and opposed World War I. Their stories, published
periodically over three years, take us from the outbreak of war to
the introduction of conscription and groundbreaking legislation
recognising conscientious objection. Through daily posts we share their
moral dilemmas and their often dangerous decisions.
For those wanting to delve further into these fascinating stories,
each blog entry includes rich background material about the content of
the post or the diarist and their contemporaries.
The white feather diaries sheds light on the hidden stories
of those whose bravery saved lives and changed British legislation,
leading to a wider recognition of the legitimacy of the right to refuse
to kill. It poses the question, "What would you do?" and encourages
discussion about issues still relevant today. This fascinating project,
drawing from original diaries, letters and other materials, will run
from 2014 to 2016. To stay informed about new posts, please follow The white feather diaries on Twitter or Facebook.
A link to the diaries