Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen

Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen

by Christopher Capozzola
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199734798

ISBN-13: 9780199734795

Pub. Date: 04/12/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Based on a rich array of sources that capture the voices of both political leaders and ordinary Americans, Uncle Sam Wants You offers a vivid and provocative new interpretation of American political history, revealing how the tensions of mass mobilization during World War I led to a significant increase in power for the federal government. Christopher Capozzola

Overview

Based on a rich array of sources that capture the voices of both political leaders and ordinary Americans, Uncle Sam Wants You offers a vivid and provocative new interpretation of American political history, revealing how the tensions of mass mobilization during World War I led to a significant increase in power for the federal government. Christopher Capozzola shows how, when the war began, Americans at first mobilized society by stressing duty, obligation, and responsibility over rights and freedoms. But the heated temper of war quickly unleashed coercion on an unprecedented scale, making wartime America the scene of some of the nation's most serious political violence, including notorious episodes of outright mob violence. To solve this problem, Americans turned over increasing amounts of power to the federal government. In the end, whether they were some of the four million men drafted under the Selective Service Act or the tens of millions of home-front volunteers, Americans of the World War I era created a new American state, and new ways of being American citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199734795
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
641,489
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Uncle Sam Wants You     3
The Spirit of Selective Service: Conscription and Coercion     21
Between God and Country: Objecting to the Wartime State     55
The Obligation to Volunteer: Women and Coercive Voluntarism     83
Policing the Home Front: From Vigilance to Vigilantism     117
Responsible Speech: Rights in a Culture of Obligation     144
Enemy Aliens: Loyalty and the Birth of the Surveillance State     173
Conclusion: Armistice and After     206
Notes     215
Bibliography     281
Index     321

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