Selective Service Card, 1942

The scope and brutality of the Civil War quickly challenged the military resources of the North and South. The Confederacy and the Union established general compulsory military service. Many considered the draft an infringement on their individual liberty. Critics charged class discrimination, as the North and South draft laws provided financial ways to avoid service. The debate over a military draft has continued ever since. Today all men are required to register for Selective Service at eighteen years of age. This card, issued April 27, 1942, registered Wilfred Hugh Pole Fairfield for the draft pool.
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paper (overall material)
tan, black (overall color)
overall: 4 in x 2 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 6.35 cm x .635 cm
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World War II
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World War II
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History