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Letters between Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Barnes and John H. Bankhead.

TRANSCRIPT INCLUDED. In the first letter, written January 3, 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes ask Bankhead not to support the proposed selective service legislation. In the second letter, written January 6, Bankhead assures the couple that he is "opposed to any extreme measure" and does not believe the United States will be involved in the current fighting overseas. The Selective Service Act, which required men from ages twenty-one to thirty to register for military service, was passed in May 1917. At the time these letters were written, Bankhead was representing Alabama in the United States Senate.

Creator: John Hollis Bankhead
Date: January 1916
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Correspondence

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