New York State Archives, NYSA_A3167-78A_B7_Compulsory_Service_Cartoon
A political cartoon addressing the issue of suggested compulsory service for U.S. citizens, c. 1917.
What do you think the purpose of the organization that made this cartoon, the American Union Against Militarism, was? What were they hoping to accomplish?
Who is the man in the background? What is he saying? Explain.
What comparison between Prussia and the U.S. is this cartoon trying to make?
If the American Union Against Militarism had succeeded in its aims, what do you think the outcome of the war might have been? For the U.S.? For Europe?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to your congressman, as a concerned citizen, for or against the Selective Service Act. Clearly state your reasons for your position.
Economics: The quotation from the republican representative says that the army would cost America 1.25 billion a year. Adjust that number for inflation, to today’s rates. Look up the countries current defense budget numbers. Compare the two.
Danzer, G.A., et. al. The Americans. McDougall Littell, 2000.