Selective Service Act

selective service cartoon One change that occurred during World War 1 that did not  take place in any of the previous wars was the Selective      Service Act. The Selective Service Act was passed by  congress in May 1917 and required twenty-four million  men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five to register  for the draft. With the Selective Service Act, the United  States entered the war with five million men which was a  drastic growth. Foner does not give a thorough coverage of  the Selective Service Act. He states when it was  implemented and its result but nothing more.

1. What were penalties for the men who refused to respond to the draft?

2. Since even the wealthy were mandated to participate in the draft and weren’t allowed to buy their way out, were they treated any differently then the poor with what duties were assigned?

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