Monday, November 22, 2010

On the home front, gasoline, food, and other commodities were rationed.  The east and west coasts were blacked out at night.  The ages for drafting men were lowered to eighteen and raised to forty-five, and the physical standards were steadily diminished; towards the end of the war, it was said half in jest, that the only requirements for draftees were that they be able to see lightning and hear thunder.  Over fourteen million American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines were under arms (Rhenquist, William H. All The Laws But One: Civil Liberties in Wartime (New York; Vintage Books, 2000), pg. 188)

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