Types of Draft Resistance

Full Draft Resistance

Finally, the fourth way was to resist. "Hell no, we won't go!" they would yell as they burned their draft cards. Some would go to jail, some would disappear "underground" or some would flee to Canada. My family offered a room in our barn to one of these draft resisters. He was a Quaker, about 20 years old at the time. He had chosen a course of total non-cooperation. In due course, the police came and arrested him. I was in high school at the time, and it made a big impression on me to see the cops come and drag away this kind, gentle man, who had become my friend. He was sentenced to four years in jail.
When we compare the deferments of the 1940's to the spectrum of ways that men sought to avoid being drafted in the 1960's, it becomes clear that almost everything about evading military conscription had changed.
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