Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081 U.S.A.

DEVERE ALLEN PAPERS (DG 053)

DEVERE ALLEN CHRONOLOGY

1891 June 24

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, son of Henry L. and Sarah E. (Champlin)

1913-1917

Attends Oberlin College; receives A.B. Degree cum laude; elected to Phi Beta Kappa

1917 Aug. 22

Marries Marie Hollister

1917-1918

Edits The Rational Patriot

1918

Claims conscientious objector status, but is exempted from military service on grounds of marriage and poor eyesight

1918-1921

Edits The Young Democracy ; also Executive Secretary of the organization Young Democracy

1921-1925

Managing Editor, The World Tomorrow

1923-1931

Editor, The World Tomorrow

1929

Edited Pacifism in the Modern World

1930

The Fight for Peacepublished

1930-1931

Travels for 14 months extensively through Europe with Marie, studying peace and labor movements and general political and economic conditions; in Spain at beginning of revolution/Spanish Civil War, 1931

1930-1931

Member of International Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation

1931

Will Socialism End the Evil of War? published

1931-1932

Associate Editor, The Nation

1931-1934

Contributing Editor, The World Tomorrow

1932

Edits Adventurous Americans

1932 Summer

Leaves The Nation, rejoins World Tomorrow

1933

No-Frontier News Service and World Events begun by Devere and Marie Allen and Ray Newton (of the AFSC)

1934

The World Tomorrow is absorbed into Christian Century

1934

Runs for U.S. Senate for Connecticut on Socialist ticket

1934

Resigns from League Against War and Fascism

1934-1939

Serves on National Executive Committee of the Socialist Party

1936-?

Alternate member of executive committee, Labour and Socialist International

1938

Runs for Governor of Connecticut on the Labor Party of Connecticut ticket; loses, but increases proportion of party's vote

1939

Suspends publication of World Events while in Europe; suspension made permanent with March 15, 1939 issue

1939-1940

Travels to Europe for about 13 months with Marie, Alice Barry (secretary) and Jean Allen (daughter); transfers work of NNS with the opening of the Brussels office; covered 12,000 miles of the war zone as correspondent; work suspended upon Nazi invasion of Belgium

1940

Ends formal affiliation with Socialist Party

1941

Devere and Marie join the South Kingston [Rhode Island] Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

1942 January

Name of No-Frontier News Service is changed to Worldover Press

1942-1944

Devere and Marie operate WP's Latin American Bureau in Mexico

1942

Registers for Selective Service during World War II

1944

Peace is the Victory published

1946

Some Prudence Island Allens published

1947 May 6-
1948 June 23

Devere and Marie make extensive tour of Europe

1952

Supports Adlai Stevenson for President

1952

Suffers attack of Bell's Palsy

1955 August 27

Death of Devere Allen

1955

Dissolution of Worldover Press, cessation of World Interpreter

1961

Allen's papers come to Swarthmore College Peace Collection

1979 November 13

Death of Marie Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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