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Ruth Sarles Benedict

Ruth Sarles Benedict (January 28, 1906 - September 6, 1996) was an American anti-war activist, researcher and journalist. She worked for the National Council for Prevention of War as an editor and the America First Committee as head of research in the 1930s,[1] and as a reporter for The Washington Daily News in the 1940s.[2] From 1949 to 1960, she worked for the United States Department of State.[2] In 1958, Benedict and her husband, Bertram Benedict, traveled to South Asia, particularly India, on behalf of the United States Information Agency, where she gave speeches on college campuses.[3]

Ruth Sarles Benedict
BornJanuary 28, 1906
DiedSeptember 6, 1996
Alma materDenison University
American University
Spouse(s)Bertram Benedict
Parent(s)Edgar Harvey Sarles
Jane Hinman

A book about the American First Committee authored by Benedict but edited posthumously by Bill Kauffman, with an introduction, was published in 2003.[4]


  • Sarles, Ruth (2003). Kauffman, Bill, ed. A Story of America First: The Men and Women who Opposed U.S. Intervention in World War II. Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780275975128. OCLC 716878310.


  1. ^ "Manuscript Collections - Ruth Sarles Benedict Papers". Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Ruth S. Benedict". The Star-Democrat. Easton, Maryland. September 8, 1996. p. 12. Retrieved December 31, 2017 – via (Registration required (help)).
  3. ^ "Visiting Benedicts Raised Eyebrows By Reversing Governmental Tradition". Tampa Bay Times. February 16, 1958. p. 5G. Retrieved December 31, 2017 – via (Registration required (help)).
  4. ^ Raimondo, Justin (May 19, 2003). "The Last Word on America First". The American Conservative. Retrieved January 1, 2018.

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