Nick Geiser Archive

Nick Geiser is an Acquisitions Intern at the Independent Institute.

A Desperate Argument for the Draft



When America’s first peacetime draft began on Registration Day, June 5, 1917, the Wilson administration treated it as a patriotic holiday. Secretary of War Newton Baker wrote to Wilson that he would “make the day of registration a festival and patriotic occasion.” The new conscripts who had “volunteered in mass,” to use Wilson’s Orwellian…
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