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

Christopher Capozzola


In April 1917, the United States embarked on World War I, with little history of conscription, an army smaller than Romania's, and a political culture that saw little role for the federal government other than delivering the mail. This book tells the story of the American homefront in World War I, revealing how the tensions of mass mobilization led to a significant increase in power in Washington. It shows how — in the absence of a strong federal government — Americans at first mobilized society by stressing duty, obligation, and responsibility over rights and freedoms. In clubs, schools, chur ... More

Keywords: American homefront, World War I, mass mobilization, Washington, political violence, state institutions, Selective Service Act, homefront volunteers, conscientious objectors, anti-war radicals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195335491
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Capozzola, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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