Rich Mans War (Poor Mans Fight, #2) by Elliott KayTanner Malone is starting to enjoy his navy post in the honor guard. After surviving violent conflicts with space pirates in the void, he hopes to stay out of the stars for a while. But when the government of Archangel, a prosperous Union state including four terraformed worlds, makes a dangerous decision to defy the Big Three’s corporate dominance, war threatens the galaxy.
The interstellar fighting escalates, and duty calls a reluctant Tanner to the front lines, where it becomes more and more difficult to tell the difference between politician, pirate, and protector. When secret intel reveals a vast network of bloody covert operations, along with a rigged economic system that enslaves its members, Tanner finds himself at the perilous intersection between the government, the Big Three, and pirates who will stop at nothing to remain free.
The Civil War -Rich man's war, poor man's fight.
Civil War 150: A Rich Man’s War and a Poor Man’s Fight
The sentiment was given voice in numerous protest songs, perhaps most poignantly by Credence Clearwater Revival in Fortunate Son. Those on the battlefront largely come from the less fortunate among us. It is true today. War with Mexico , p. The conscription law provided exemptions for various professions, including civil servants. Four months later, the Confederate Congress passed a more controversial exemption, one for owners of twenty or more slaves. Thus, those who had been the principal driving force for war, wealthy planters, now became exempt although a number of course would serve in the Confederate ranks.
Jeanette Keith traces southern draft resistance to several sources, including whites' long-term political opposition to militarism, southern blacks' reluctance to serve a nation that refused to respect their rights, the peace witness of southern churches, and, above all, anger at class bias in federal conscription policies. Keith shows how draft dodgers' success in avoiding service resulted from the failure of southern states to create effective mechanisms for identifying and classifying individuals. Lacking local-level data on draft evaders, the federal government used agencies of surveillance both to find reluctant conscripts and to squelch antiwar dissent in rural areas. Drawing upon rarely used local draft board reports, Selective Service archives, Bureau of Investigation reports, and southern political leaders' constituent files, Keith offers new insights into rural southern politics and society as well as the growing power of the nation-state in early twentieth-century America. For more information about Jeanette Keith, visit the Author Page.
When the War first broke out, patriotism and patriotic fervor was high in both camps. Prior to the Conscription Act of , and after the first blush of getting a gun and shooting the Rebels or the Yankees, had ebbed, it was an easy matter to decline military service. It quickly became a sticking point in the North, where the district one lived and registered in basically determined who would be drafted and who would not. They had become part of what was seen as forced servitude. Anyone who doubts the significance of this uprising can read about the New York Draft Riots for a firsthand account, when over 2, protesters were killed, and around 8, injured, according to one source. In the South, a man could gain an exemption from service if he had at least 20 slaves on his plantation or farm, or he could also pay for a substitute soldier to take his place. Men on both sides were literally buying others to take their places, to lay their lives on the line and face death, if need be, for someone else.
With the second anniversary of the war looming, the initial enthusiasm of enlistees was in decline. As the death rate rose, the Union needed to find a new way to recruit soldiers. On March 3, , the Union officially signed the Enrollment Act. All Union men between the ages of 20 and 45, as well as all immigrants seeking U. Each recruiting district had quotas to meet, and those districts where numbers fell short would draft soldiers by lottery. Of the more than , drafted in and , only about 46, actually saw battle. Those with financial means could pay the commutation fee or use bribes to escape fighting.