AA History

December 28, 2016

Why Big Book Manuscript Edits Were So Vital

Bill W finished the pre-publication manuscript (“Multilith”) for the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, in December of 1938. It read like a book of absolute prescriptions e.g.: “Thou […]
September 26, 2016

Tradition Four – Group Autonomy

It’s hard to fathom how well Alcoholics Anonymous has fared throughout its years of existence which began in 1935. Navigating the waters in those early days […]
September 14, 2016

Alcoholics Anonymous: Series of 1939 Plain Dealer articles

October 21, 1939 Alcoholics Anonymous Makes Its Stand Here Success By now it is a rare Clevelander who does not know, or know of, at least […]
September 14, 2016

Alcoholics Anonymous: On religion, discipline and aid

October 23, 1939 In a previous installment, Mr. Davis outlined the plan of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization of former drinkers who have found a solution to […]
September 14, 2016

Alcoholics Anonymous: On help and support

October 24, 1939 In two previous articles, Mr. Davis told of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization of former drinkers, banded to overcome their craving for liquor and […]
September 14, 2016

Alcoholics Anonymous: On understanding, reproof, religion

October 25, 1939 In three previous articles, Mr. Davis has told of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization of former drinkers banded to break the liquor habit and […]
September 14, 2016
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Alcoholics Anonymous: On graft, and the foundation

October 26, 1939 In previous installments, Mr. Davis has told of Alcoholics Anonymous, an informal society of drinking men who have joined together to beat the […]
April 14, 2016
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Ebby’s Neat Little Formula

A few days after Bill Wilson entered Towns Hospital (December 11, 1934) he was visited by his sponsor-to-be, Ebby Thacher. Ebby reiterated his “neat little formula,” […]
March 30, 2016
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Clarence Snyder the “Home Brewmeister”

Clarence S., Cleveland, Ohio. (OM, p. 274 in 1st edition, p. 297 in 2nd and 3rd editions.) Pioneers of A.A. “An originator of Cleveland’s Group No. […]