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Iowa State University assistant professor of history Amy Rutenberg.
01.15.2020

Worrying about being drafted doesn’t mean you’re disloyal – it’s an old American tradition

By The Conversation

Most people associate the 1960s, when the Vietnam War was raging, with draft resistance. By 1972, rumors about the lengths to which men would go to fail their pre-induction physicals had become common enough that scholars of folklore had noticed. Reports of men tattooing obscenities on their bodies, traveling to Tijuana for surgery to ruin rather than fix knees, or even hiding live animals in bodily cavities during their exams made the rounds. But in the wake of U.S. forces killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in early January — and the ensuing fear of imminent war and a draft — Iowa State University assistant professor of history Amy Rutenberg contends that draft resistance has much earlier origins in the U.S.