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From “Porous” to “Ruthless” Conscription, 1776–1917
By David R. Henderson
This article appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

The United States shifted from a relatively porous state military draft in the nation’s early years to a harsh federal draft in 1917. This development had three major causes: the rise of a strong federal government, changes in the political philosophy held by dominant elites, and the precedent of the Civil War drafts.



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Volume 14 Number 4
Spring 2010

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