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    President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing and explaining U.S. Conscription bill ( Burk-Wadsworth Act, -?

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    General view Roosevelt at desk signing the Burke-Wadsworth Conscription Bill....Standing behind him from left to right - Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, Representative Andrew J. May, chairman of the House Military Affairs Committee; General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, and Senator Morris Sheppard, chairman of the Senate Military Affairs Committee....Roosevelt gives pen to May. Semiview Roosevelt signing. General view of Roosevelt at desk with Henry L. Stimson, Andrew J. May, George C. Marshall and Morris Sheppard behind him. Semi close up of Roosevelt at desk, signing, pan down to paper. General view of Roosevelt seated at desk with Henry L. Stimson, Andrew J. May, George C. Marshall and Morris Sheppard behind him and Roosevelt speaks Semi close up Roosevelt speaks. General view of Roosevelt seated with Stimson on left and Sheppard on right with May and Marshall standing behind him. Semi view Roosevelt speaking with Sheppard on right. Semi close up of Roosevelt silent posing and then speaks. Close up of Roosevelt speaking.

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    Roosevelt explains and enumerate articles of U.S. Conscription Bill.

    " A few minutes ago , I signed an act to provide for the common defence by increasing the personnel of the armed forces of the United States and provided for its.. soon thereafter I signed the proclaimation provided for in this act - registration day -- then follows - the first registration shall take place on Wednesday 16th day of October 1940 between the hours of 7am and 9 pm "... " America stands at the crossroads of it's destiny , time and distance have been shortened , a few weeks have seen great nations fall , we cannot remain indifferent to the philiosophy of force now rampant in the world .The terrible fate of nations whose weakness invited attack is too well known to us all. We must, and we will marshall our grateful .. spring to fend off war far from our shores .We must and will prevent our lands
    from becoming a victim of aggression"

    Roosevelt speaks about the benefits of Americans working side by side .....

    " Universal service will bring not only greater preparedness to meet the threat of war but a wider distribution of tolerance and understanding to enjoy the blessings of peace " ...
    "May we strengthen our resolve to hold high the torch of freedom in this darkening world so that our children and their children may not be robbed of their rightful inheritance"

    Roosevelt talking about the Americans in colonial days bearing arms and providing for universal miliitary service ....

    "Today the art of war calls for a wide variety of technical weapons ,modern life does not emphasise the quality demanded of soldiers , moreover behind the armed forces ,we must have a munitions industry as part of an economic system capable of providing the fighting man with his full requirements of modern arms and equipment .Many individuals therefore may serve their country best by holding their posts on the production line, the object of selective military training service is to provide men for our army and navy and at the same time, disturb as little as possible the normal life of the nation."
    Background: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing and explaining U.S. Conscription bill ( Burk-Wadsworth Act, - also known as the Selective Training and Service act) .

    (NB the USA did not declare war until December 1941)

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