A.A. History - News Articles

Thanks to Jim B. of Canada who put together this presentation of text and articles on the Washingtonian Temperance Society. Jim originally had these articles on the web site of historyofaa.com which is no longer online and placed here for historical & research purposes.

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The Gabriel Heatter Broadcast -"We The People" -The first national exposure for Alcoholics Anonymous came with the April 25, 1939 "We The People" broadcast.

Alcoholics and God -Is there hope for habitual drunkards? A cure that borders on the miraculous-and it works! -Liberty Magazine, September, 1939.

Cleveland Plain Dealer -Late in 1939 Elrick B. Davis of the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a series of articles on Alcoholics Anonymous; the first extensive publicity the newly-formed AA Fellowship received. Here are those series of articles dated from, Octoer 21, 1939 to November 4, 1939.

John Barleycorns Victims Seek Strength In Unity -by Harrison Johnston, The Baltimore Sunday Sun, February 16, 1941

The Jack Alexander Article -"They were members of Alcoholics Anonymous, a band of ex-problem drinkers who make an avocation of helping other alcoholics to beat the liquor habit." -Jack Alexander, The Saturday Evening Post, March 1, 1941.

The Ex-Drunkards Lead The Drunkards -by Louis Azrael, The Baltimore News American, October 25, 1941



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My Return from The Half-World of Alcoholism -From Readers Digest, January 1946, this is a letter to Alcoholics Anonymous that saved the author's life. Condensed from the December 1945 issue of The A.A. Grapevine -by Anonymous.

The Drunkard's Best Friend -Nine years ago the Post reported on the then-obscure group known as Alcoholics Anonymous. Since that time these self-rehabilitated men-and women-have sobered up an astonishing number of America's heaviest drinkers. This is how they do it. -By Jack Alexander, The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1950.

ALCOHOLICS CAN BE CURED—DESPITE A.A. -From the September 19, 1964 Saturday Evening Post. Nationally-distributed criticism of AA first appeared in a 1963 Harpers Magazine article. The adoption of the Responsibility Pledge at the 1965 International Convention in Toronto was almost certainly a direct result of the criticism in these articles.

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