AA History

October 2, 2017

75th Anniversary of Cleveland’s Central Bulletin

By October 1942 the United States had been an active participant in World War II for ten months. Many members around Cleveland, Ohio had volunteered for, […]
August 28, 2017

12 Steps from the Original Manuscript

“Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as your Program of Recovery:” Admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become […]
July 28, 2017

Sometimes Quickly

Ebby T. was in deep chicken fat trouble! He had been arrested for running his car into the side of a Manchester, Vermont, lady’s house, then […]
July 5, 2017

How it Work(ed)s: The Evolution of Chapter 5 in Alcoholics Anonymous

“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our DIRECTIONS.” Heard this before? It may have been at Founders’ Day in Akron. They […]
April 24, 2017

The Lower Lights – In the Early Days

When AA was young and the members few, there was little known of the movement by outsiders. And the handful of men and women who started […]
March 31, 2017

Carrying the A.A. Message Through Literature

“It’s a story I love to tell,” says David R., A.A.W.S. publishing director at the General Service Office, “not only because it’s filled with incident, but […]
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 […]