An 1878 View of the Washingtonians
The Washingtonians had all but disappeared when this temperance writer wrote about the Washingtonian Movement. Predating A.A., its rise was meteoric--and so was its downfall.
An Early Guide to the Twelve Steps
Before we had the "12 by 12" this little booklet was used as a study guide by many groups. A later, expanded version was published until quite recently.
A description of a bizarre approach to the treatment of alcoholism which was practiced in 1941. Bizarre, that is, from our current perspective.
The April, 1950 Jack Alexander Article
The Saturday Evening Post published a second, glowing article about Alcoholics Anonymous. Coming just fifteen years after the founding of A.A., this article is a fascinating snapshot of the early days of the Fellowship.
The 1964 Saturday Evening Post Article Criticizing A.A.
The January 1963 issue of Harpers carried an article which harshly criticized A.A. This was only the first of several articles which appeared in national magazines in 1963 and 1964--including this one in the"Post". As a result, A.A. took its own inventory at the 1963 General Service Conference
The Oxford Groups and the Big Book
(To be added later)