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Volume 17  Number 3  •  Winter 2013
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The Evolution of Military Conscription in the United States
By Timothy J. Perri
This article appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of The Independent Review

From colonial times through the Civil War, military conscripts could hire substitutes or often pay a fee to avoid service. Only in the twentieth century, beginning with World War I, was the draft used to bring specific men directly into the military.

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