Work Or Fight!: Race, Gender, and the Draft in World War One

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Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 11, 2005 - History - 194 pages
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During World War I, the US demanded that all able-bodied adult men "work or fight." But fighting was mostly assigned to single white men who were not engaged in "productive" work. White men who were proper husbands and fathers, owned property, or worked at approved jobs, and who participated in civic activities, had the full benefits of citizenship without fighting. Women, men of color, and poor white men were often barred from achieving these benefits. This book uses the records of local draft boards and state draft officials in Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois, and California to tell the stories of men and women whose lives were touched by the Selective Service System.

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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 ... Read full review

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Gerald Shenk is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Monterey Bay.

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