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

@article{Kestnbaum2000CitizenshipAC,
  title={Citizenship and Compulsory Military Service: The Revolutionary Origins of Conscription in the United States},
  author={Meyer Kestnbaum},
  journal={Armed Forces & Society},
  year={2000},
  volume={27},
  pages={36 - 7}
}
  • Meyer Kestnbaum
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • 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… CONTINUE READING