November 2019

The US World War II Draft.

by Daniel Russ on November 26, 2019

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  Well, as World War II approached, 16 million Americanmen registered for the draft in 1940. You could at first only serve for a month. A conscript had to stand at least five feet tall and weigh at least 105 pounds. He must have at least 12 of his original 32 teeth.  He cannot have […]

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Grant Had A Plan For Blacks To Vote.

by Daniel Russ on November 20, 2019

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  “In fact, Grant’s imagination had charted the entire arc of the freed slaves from wartime runaways to full voting citizenship. This man who had so recently balked at abolitionism now made a startling leap into America’s future. To Eaton, Grant delineated a lengthy list of useful tasks that “contrabands” could perform, with the men […]

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Grant Enacted “The Most Sweeping Anti-Semitic Action Undertaken In American History.”

November 15, 2019

  “By early December 1862, Grant had zeroed in on Jewish traders as the source of the trouble. During his southward advance, he issued orders that all traders should stay in the rear of his army, but on December 5 he complained to Sherman that “in consequence of the total disregard and evasion of orders […]

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In The Revolutionary War, Rape Was A Weapon And a Punishment

November 11, 2019
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(This is always the tragedy of military history. You see we all forgive the atrocities on the battlefield and ignore those afterwards. But the honor of battle and fighting for the Crown or the President always evanesces when we see our history is replete with crime. This is from Rick Atkinson’s The British Are Coming.) […]

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Sometimes War is Funny

November 6, 2019
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