25 Facts About Ammon Hennacy


Ammon Ashford Hennacy was an American Christian pacifist, anarchist, social activist, member of the Catholic Worker Movement, and Wobbly.

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Ammon Hennacy established the Joe Hill House of Hospitality in Salt Lake City, Utah, and practiced tax resistance.

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At the outbreak of World War I, Ammon Hennacy was imprisoned for two years in Atlanta, Georgia, for resisting conscription.

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Ammon Hennacy led a hunger strike and was punished with eight months in solitary confinement.

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Ammon Hennacy believed that adherence to Christianity required being a pacifist and, because governments constantly threaten or use force to resolve conflicts, this meant being an anarchist.

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In 1919, Ammon Hennacy married his first wife, Selma Melms, under common law.

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In May 1920, Ammon Hennacy graduated from the socialist Rand School of Social Science.

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Ammon Hennacy settled down in 1925, buying a farm and raising his two children.

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Ammon Hennacy refused to use force or self-defense even when threatened during his work, preferring instead to use nonresistance.

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Ammon Hennacy reduced his tax liability by taking up a lifestyle of simple living.

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Between 1942 and 1953, Ammon Hennacy worked as a migrant farm labourer in the southwest United States.

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Ammon Hennacy moved to New York City in 1953, and became the associate editor of the Catholic Worker.

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Ammon Hennacy engaged in many picketing protests while in New York.

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Ammon Hennacy illegally refused to participate in New York City's annual air raid drills, and he picketed against the Atomic Energy Commission's war preparations in Las Vegas, Cape Kennedy, Washington, DC, and Omaha.

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In 1958, Ammon Hennacy fasted for 40 days in protest of nuclear weapons testing.

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In 1961, Ammon Hennacy moved to Utah and organised the Joe Hill House of Hospitality in Salt Lake City.

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Ammon Hennacy was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

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Ammon Hennacy wrote about his reasons for leaving and his thoughts on Catholicism, which included his belief that "Paul spoiled the message of Christ".

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In 1968, Ammon Hennacy closed the "Joe Hill House of Hospitality" and turned his attention to further protest and writing.

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Ammon Hennacy's funeral was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Salt Lake City.

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Ammon Hennacy was a pacifist, a Christian anarchist, and an advocate of anarchism and nonresistance.

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Ammon Hennacy was extremely critical of what he described as the "institutional church" and state capitalism.

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Ammon Hennacy did not drink or smoke and was a vegetarian.

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Ammon Hennacy never paid federal income taxes because they pay for the military and war.

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Ammon Hennacy lived a life of voluntary simplicity and believed in what he called his "One-Man Revolution" against violence, sin, and coercion.

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