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Topic: AA History
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THERE has been many an AA group instituted throughout the Midwest in prisons and at the same time a very burning question raised; "Why start a group in a penitentiary? Those people do not have an...
A 1985 conference presentation by W. J. Estelle, Jr., former nonalcoholic trustee
When I was assigned the title "Fifty Years of Caring and Sharing in Correctional Facilities," the invitation was not specific as to which 50 years. And so I want to address the next 50 years in...
THE FOLLOWING is an information sheet written by Clinton T. Duffy, who from 1940 until 1952 was warden of San Quentin Prison, then the nation's largest penal institution. Duffy made the...
Since AA's beginning, members have brought the message of hope and recovery into jails and prisons. In August 1947, the AA Grapevine published an account of Alcoholics Anonymous in prison: "The...
The Research Council on Problems of Alcohol held an Evening Institute on "The Treatment and Prevention of Alcoholism" on June 20th. Many A.A.s were present, some attending Bill's talk "The A.A....
San Quentin, Cal., News (California State Prison): "Modern penal advancements have brought recognition of alcoholism in its true light as a sickness or an element of sickness. A complete cure in all...
Atlantic City, N. J., Press: "Alcoholics Anonymous are starting their fine work right here in Atlantic City. This comes to me in the form of a letter from a member of that unique and commendable...
Excerpts from the Public Press
Boston, Mass., Post: "Guernsey Island in the English Channel has an effective way of handling topers. It still retains its ancient custom of blacklisting alcoholics, in the hope of reforming them. A...
Highlights of the Congress
What the president of the AMA said about AA. . .behind the scenes at a forced anonymity break. . .a new medical society on alcoholism. . .tranquilizers, LSD, and blood sludge. . .all are involved in...
Two Yale Savants Stress Alcoholism as True Disease
Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. From the first...

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