[Ads-l] Slight Antedating of "Make Love Not War" YBQ3

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 21 15:55:23 UTC 2022

Thanks to Garson and James for their very interesting responses.

Quotation aficionados will want to consult the New Yale Book of Quotations, which improves upon information in the first edition.  The NYBQ notes, "This speech was attested, in correspondence with the editor of this book, by Legman's widow Judith Legman; however, no actual documentation has ever been unearthed."  I think that is an indication that the editor now questions the veracity of the Legman attribution.

Fred Shapiro

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Bearing in mind that you (Mr. Shapiro) mention a witness attested the
slogan in correspondence with you, from a 1963 speech by Gershon Legman
(see _Yale Book of Quotations_, 2006), here are citations for precursors
of the slogan from 1919, 1942, and 1962. The timing, during and after
major wars and in the year before Legman's 1963 speech, seems to me to
be suggestive.

1919  _Omaha World-Herald_ 13 Apr 49/1 Officers Make Love Instead of
War.... (subhead of article "Russians Loafing in Face of All Dangers").

Op. Cit. 49/3 Make Love Instead of War.


1942  _The Dadeville [Alabama] Record_ 27 Aug 1/1 Most of our boys, if
given their choice, would rather "make love" than make war.


1962  _The Columbia [South Carolina] Record_ 13 Dec 27(5-C)/2 "I would
much rather make love than make war," he said with a grin.

On 11/13/22 12:09, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> make love not war (OED 1965 Mar.)
> 1965 _Daily Californian_ 16 Feb. 4/3
> Inspired by a sign reading "let's make love, not war" ... the Princess decided to declare war on the Pakistani prince.
> Fred Shapiro
> YBQ3

James Eric Lawson

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