During World War I the U.S. demanded that all able-bodied men work or fight. White men who were husbands and fathers, owned property or worked at approved jobs had the benefits of citizenship without fighting. Others were often barred from achieving these benefits. This book tells the stories of those affected by the Selective Service System.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
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About the Author
Gerald Shenk is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Table of ContentsIntroduction 'The Finest Type of Manhood': Local Government and the Grounding of White Manhood Picking 'The Flowers of American Manhood': Local Draft Boards and Their Communities 'The Darkness in Georgia': State Selective Service in Georgia A Man is No Man That is Not Willing To Fight: State Selective Service in Illinois 'He's His mother's Boy; Go and Get Him': State Selective Service in New Jersey 'But No Negroes': State Selective Service in California 'The Final Report'
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Work or Fight!: Race, Gender, and the Draft in World War One based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reviewed May 2006 I attended CSUMB when Dr. Shenk was writing this book, several of the ¿acknowledged¿ readers were in my class one was Theresa Mendoza who was my good friend while in school. It reads exactly like were taught at CSUMB ¿whiteness as property,¿ ¿manhood,¿ ¿subaltern¿ all these terms and more were thrown around the SBS classes, SJS students would not be able to relate, I know I would have been lost. All in all it was an interesting read, I learned quite a lot about the draft in WWI. I guess I had given it little thought before assuming the government issued the draft and that was that. I had no idea of the politics and red tape involved. The side stories about women ¿telling¿ on their lazy sons or abusive husbands is wonderful reading. I do think that Shenk included too much detail for the causal history reader (he states that the manuscript was originally 600 pages!) Do. Shenk does not explain how numbers or the lottery worked, that confused me. Also did men really want to stay in the U.S. and not go to war he wasn¿t very clear about this. Also was college not an option for exemption? I would have liked to see the draft cards and questionnaires, also some pictures would have livened it up. I think that this book helps provide one more piece to my study of U.S. history. 9-2006