Saturday, September 16th, 2017 is the 77th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Selective Service and Training Act of 1940, instituting the military draft leading into World War II.
The University Libraries at Texas State University offer many resources to put the historical moment in perspective. For example, an article headlined, “16 Million Youth Ready to Register: Executive Order Awaited to Send Boards into High” marked the event in the September 17, 1940 edition of the Austin American-Statesman. Older editions of the Austin American-Statesman can be found in the Austin American Statesman – Historical database provided by ProQuest.
The Selective Service and Training ACT of 1940 and the subsequent implementing of the draft is not without controversy, however. Fortunately, both sides of the issue are discussed through a series of articles featured in CQ Researcher, another database offered by the University Libraries. A search of “military draft” will return opinions and conversations on the topic going back to 1939.
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