“The Bodies That We Need”

in Of War and Men

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226467429
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470023 | DOI:
“The Bodies That We Need”

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This chapter focuses on the failed initial attempt of the American and British forces to invade Italy in September 1943. This event caused the deaths of 350,000 Allied lives and the American government was forced to conduct a draft. This chapter discusses the legislative hearings concerning the drafting of fathers with dependent children and the policy of sending other fathers to work in munition plants. The high requirement for additional men also prompted the government to abandon its exclusionary policy allowed African Americans to participate in the war effort.

Keywords: American forces; Italy; draft; fathers; munition plants; legislative hearings; African Americans

Chapter.  3791 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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