New York State Archives, NYSA_A4234_B2_F4_exemptions
In a letter addressed to the National Council of Defense, the Merritt & Chapman, Derrick & Wrecking Company asks that their employees be exempt from the draft, "on the account of this Company doing so much Government work," August 6, 1917.
Why do you think the employer of this company asked for the deferment of all of his employees?
Do you think he was right in doing so?
According to the descriptors, do you think that these men should have been exempt from the war?
In what ways would a draft harm a country in a time of war? Is it fair that certain government officials were exempt from war?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to the state requesting exemption from the draft based on one of the reasons mentioned in the historical background. Be sure to describe your unique circumstances and the reason for your request.