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September 16, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

73 years ago today , America’s first peacetime military draft was initiated when FDR signed the Burke-Wadsworth Act, fourteen months before U.S. entry into World War II. So we’ll features some songs about conscription, beginning the The Byrds’ “Draft Morning.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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