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May 08, 2014 8:53 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

On this day in 1792, the Militia Act established the first national military conscription.

Here are The Byrds with “Draft Morning,” a special song for men of my sub-generation (Draft Lottery number 265).

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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