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Conscription
Conscription is the compulsory enlistment of people in some sort of national service, most often military service. Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names...
Timeline of Events
1798
9.5.1798
Conscription is made mandatory in France by the Jourdan law.
1863
7.7.1863
United States begins its first military draft; exemptions cost $300.
7.13.1863
New York Draft Riots: in New York City, opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded as the worst in United States history.
1916
11.13.1916
Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes is expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription.
1917
5.18.1917
World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.
6.5.1917
World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as "Army registration day".