History: What happened if an adult man refused to enlist when America entered WW1 in 1917 ?

Were they tried? Thanks for answer/s. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They were usually sent to Leavenworth but if you see one on the street please contact authorities immediately so they can be arrested and serve their time. They would probably be at least 120 years old but rules are rules and laws are laws 

  • 1 month ago

    They were feted in their home towns, given freedom of the city and lauded as free-thinkers and individualists. Congratulations would pour in from people all around the country too, from those who thought they were fantastic for refusing to die for the rich. Hope this helped.

  • 1 month ago

    That is who Alcatraz prison housed.

    Joseph and Michael Hofer, Hutterite brothers from South Dakota, were conscientious objectors to the military draft established by the Selective Service Act of 1917. They and two other men from their Hutterite colony were court-martialed and sentenced to twenty years in Alcatraz for refusal to comply with orders.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The Conscription Act of 1917 was passed in June. Conscripts were court-martialed by the Army if they refused to wear uniforms, bear arms, perform basic duties, or submit to military authority. Convicted objectors were often given long sentences of 20 years in Fort Leavenworth. In 1918 Secretary of War Newton D. Baker created the Board of Inquiry to question the conscientious objectors' sincerity. Military tribunals tried men found by the Board to be insincere for a variety of offenses, sentencing 17 to death, 142 to life imprisonment, and 345 to penal labor camps. Many of these sentences were commuted after the war's end.

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  • ree
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Assuming you mean refused induction, they were typically known as absolutists. These men were usually court marshalled, imprisoned and in a number of cases brutalized.

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