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Uncle Sam wants you : World War I and the making of the modern American citizen / Christopher Capozzola.

By: Capozzola, Christopher Joseph Nicodemus, 1971-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008Description: ix, 334 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780195335491 (hardcover : alk. paper); 019533549X (hardcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- United States | Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Social conditions -- 1865-1918 | Consensus (Social sciences) -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Patriotism -- United States -- History | Citizenship -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Uncle Sam wants you.DDC classification: 305.48/896073009041 | 973.913
Contents:
The spirit of selective service : conscription and coercion -- Between God and country : objecting to the wartime state -- The obligation to volunteer : women and coercive voluntarism -- Policing the home front : from vigilance to vigilantism -- Responsible speech : rights in a culture of obligation -- Enemy aliens : loyalty and the birth of the surveillance state -- Armistice and after.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-319) and index.

The spirit of selective service : conscription and coercion -- Between God and country : objecting to the wartime state -- The obligation to volunteer : women and coercive voluntarism -- Policing the home front : from vigilance to vigilantism -- Responsible speech : rights in a culture of obligation -- Enemy aliens : loyalty and the birth of the surveillance state -- Armistice and after.

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CHOICE Review

Readers of Capozzola's book will be struck by the stark contrasts concerning US participation in the Great War and the current war on terror. Whereas the demands on citizens in the current conflict have been relatively few and minor, the US experience during WW I, Capozzola argues, ushered in a heightened sense of duty and obligation to the war effort. Once the US entered the war against Germany and its allies in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson demanded that the American people profess nothing less than "100 percent Americanism" in support of the war effort. Capozzola uses James Montgomery Flagg's well-known portrait of Uncle Sam, the most reproduced image of that conflict, as a metaphor for the mobilization efforts at home. While the war aims were ostensibly about preserving democracy in the Old World, Capozzola is more interested in exploring the dark side of the US home front experience. Demands for unqualified and unquestioning patriotism led to unintended consequences in the form of intolerance and even mob violence. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. Miller University of Cincinnati

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Christopher Capozzola is an Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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