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Rough Draft: Cold War Military Manpower Policy and the Origins of Vietnam-Era Draft Resistance

Amy Rutenberg

Abstract

This book argues that policy makers’ idealized conceptions of middle-class masculinity directly affected who they targeted for conscription during the Cold War. Along with much of the American population, federal officials, including those within the Selective Service System, believed college educated men could better protect the nation from the threat of communism as civilians than as soldiers. The availability of deferments for these men grew rapidly between 1945 and 1965, militarizing their occupations and making it less and less likely that middle-class white men would serve in the Cold Wa ... More

Keywords: Cold War, draft, inequity, masculinity, militarization, military service, national security, Selective Service, Vietnam War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739361
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739361.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Rutenberg, author
Iowa State University