American Peace Award

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The American Peace Award, 1923

The American Peace Award is awarded to American citizens working to further the cause of world peace.

The 1924 American Peace Award

The American Peace Award was created in 1923 by Edward W. Bok, who believed that the United States Government was not taking initiative to promote peace in the world.[1] $100,000 was to be awarded to the person submitting “the best practicable plan by which the United States may co-operate with other nations for the achievement and preservation of world peace.” [2] The first half of the prize was awarded upon the selection of the plan by a jury, and the remainder upon acceptance by the United States Senate [3] or showing “sufficient popular support”.[4] The 1924 American Peace Award received plans from thousands of applicants,[5] and caught the interest of the Senate.[6][7][8] The prize was awarded in February 1924 [9] to Dr. Charles Herbert Levermore, who was secretary of the World Court League, the League of Nations Union, and the New York Peace Society, and former president of Adelphi College.[10] Levermore’s plan suggested the United States adhere to the Permanent Court of International Justice and should extend its cooperation with the League of Nations.[11]

The contemporary American Peace Award

The American Peace Award was established in 2008 as a prize awarded to an American citizen or citizens working to further the cause of world Peace, in the spirit of Edward W. Bok’s original award. The American Peace Award is awarded by an advisory committee of artists, who present each recipient with an original work of art to honor their efforts.[12]


See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ “Bok Offers $100,000 for Best Peace Plan: Seeks Workable Method for International Cooperation Against War” Washington Post July 2, 1923
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  4. ^ “POLITICAL NOTES: 1002nd Night” Time Magazine February 11, 1924
  5. ^ DeBenedetti, Charles. “The $100,000 American Peace Award of 1924.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 98, No. 2 (Apr., 1974), pp. 224-249
  6. ^ “Bok Peace Plan Given a Subzero Senate Welcome.” Chicago Daily Tribune Jan. 8, 1924
  7. ^ “Senators Summon Bok on Peace Plan.” New York Times Jan 18, 1924
  8. ^ “Bok’s Winning Plan League Propaganda, Senate Chiefs Aver.” Washington Post Jan. 4, 1924)
  9. ^ “To Give Bok Prize Tonight.” New York Times Feb. 4, 1924
  10. ^ “POLITICAL NOTES: 1002nd Night” Time Magazine February 11, 1924
  11. ^ “Charles Herber Levermore.” Dictionary of American Biography Base Set (American Council of Learned Societies, 1928-1936)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2018-10-15.

External links

  • American Peace Award website
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