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.

David R. Henderson is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, an Associate Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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Other Independent Review articles by David R. Henderson
Summer 2018 Why We Fight: A Study of U.S. Government War-Making Propaganda
Fall 2016 An Economist’s Case for a Noninterventionist Foreign Policy
Winter 2015/16 The Economy in 2065: Predictions and Cautions
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