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Re: Draftees/ Draft Boards for WW I & WW II


I was equally perplexed by the "Ethiopian" race designation on the card of one of my ancestors, and wondered if it was a clue to our African lineage, even though I knew the country was in the eastern part of Africa, well away from the "slave coast". Come to find out in my research on WWI draft cards for a presentation, that the official instructions given to the registrars at the draft board locations was to write in Ethiopian if the registrant was a Negro. There was also a specific word to be utilized for all the other races; some examples being Malayan, Caucasian, and Mongolian. In addition, the registrars were to write in all the information on the card, and only give it to the registrant for their signature. This information comes from John J Newman's book "Uncle, We are Ready! Registering America's Men 1917-1918"

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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