By Jeanette Keith
In the course of global conflict I, millions of rural southern males, black and white, refused to serve within the army. a few did not check in for the draft, whereas others abandoned after being inducted. within the geographical region, armed bands of deserters defied neighborhood experts; shooting them required the dispatch of federal troops into 3 southern states.
Jeanette Keith lines southern draft resistance to numerous resources, together with whites' long term political competition to militarism, southern blacks' reluctance to serve a country that refused to appreciate their rights, the peace witness of southern church buildings, and, notably, anger at category bias in federal conscription guidelines. Keith exhibits how draft dodgers' good fortune in fending off provider resulted from the failure of southern states to create potent mechanisms for settling on and classifying contributors. missing local-level info on draft evaders, the government used organisations of surveillance either to discover reluctant conscripts and to squelch antiwar dissent in rural areas.
Drawing upon infrequently used neighborhood draft board stories, Selective provider documents, Bureau of research experiences, and southern political leaders' constituent records, Keith bargains new insights into rural southern politics and society in addition to the growing to be energy of the geographical region in early twentieth-century America.
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