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Friars U.S. History

Preparing for War

Reasons for the depression
whos who
Reasons for the crash
Hoover tries to help
The New Deal for America
Photo Analysis
Evaluating the New Deal
Whos Who WWII
The Rise of Hitler
The Government of Hitler/The Fighting begins
Mobilizing for the War
Poster Analysis
Victory in Europe
The End....aren't you glad!?

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Preparing for War

1.       May 1917 the Congress passed the Selective Service Act, it required all men between the ages of 17 and 30 to register with the local draft board.

a.       Was later changed to ages of 18-45

b.      By the end of the war more than 2.8 million men were drafted into the military

2.       The thought was that having a draft would be a better cross section of the country and would bring people from different backgrounds together to fight for the common cause

a.       The fact was that many of these groups including blacks, Hispanics and Indians often faced the same discrimination as they did in the real world

Training the Troops

1.       Massive training camps began to be built in 1917 to train these new military recruits

a.       The military built 16 separate training sites, many of them were completed in less than 60 days

b.      Even though they did not have enough uniforms for the soldiers they did have a place for them to live while in training.

2.       Upon arriving in these camps the recruits went through a series of medical exams

a.       They spent most of their days drilling with new equipment, exercising, and learning military rules

b.      They also spent many hours learning how to fight           

c.       Many hours were spent on the rifle range, and practiced hand to hand combat using bayonets

d.      This training put most soldiers in great physical health, and strength, this would be tested in France.


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