Citizenship and Compulsory Military Service: The Revolutionary Origins of Conscription in the United States

  title={Citizenship and Compulsory Military Service: The Revolutionary Origins of Conscription in the United States},
  author={Meyer Kestnbaum},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={36 - 7}
  • M. Kestnbaum
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • Political Science, History
  • Armed Forces & Society
This article seeks to clarify the origins of citizen service in the United States. It departs from the premise that military service compelled by the state and performed as an obligation of citizenship may be understood as constitutive of citizen service. Based on this analytic distinction, the article develops one central argument. Citizen service was first realized in the United States during the American Revolution, but not, as might be expected, in the compulsory militia dating from the… 
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