This Week in History from Peace Buttons

Website. Descriptions of historical events from the grassroots, organized by dates.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: World History/Global Studies

This Week in History is a collection of descriptions of historical events from the grassroots, designed to help us appreciate the fact that we are part of a rich history advocating peace, social justice, and people’s movements.

Many of the events have a “peace button” link to additional information.

The website is also the source of peace symbol buttons. Each button comes with a card explaining the origin of the peace symbol:

“The first famous person to use the peace symbol was pacifist Bertrand Russell. The Committee for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) used it during a protest march in 1958 for nuclear disarmament in Aldermaston, England. Activist Gerald Holtom, who designed the symbol based it on the international semaphore alphabet. This system uses flag signals in place of letters like a code. The peace sign is actually the flag signals for N and D superimposed upon each other and it stands for Nuclear Disarmament. It has since become the international symbol for peace.” [Website description.]