Unit 5 Class Notes- imperialism and wwi american Expansionism



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Raising an Army- To meet the need of manpower to fight the war, Washington needed to raise an army, Congress, in May 1917, instituted the draft through the passage and implementation of the Selective Service Act.

  • The Selective Service Act required men to register with the government in order to be randomly selected for military service.

    • By 1918, 24 million men had registered and 3 million of those were called for duty.

    • 2 million American troops reached Europe before the end of the fighting, ¾ of which saw action.

  • 400,000 African Americans served in the American forces, more than half of them in France. Most were assigned to noncombat duties.

  • An eight-month training period was split between training in the U.S. and Europe.

  • Women served important roles in the war effort




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