Utah and the Great War : The Beehive State and the World War I Experience
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah Press. Copublished with the Utah State Historical Society.
"The passage of the Selective Service Act of 1917 extended the reach of the federal government into every city, village, farmstead, and mining camp in the United States, and even to the remote Gosiute reserva-tion in the Deep Creek Mountains of western Utah. Registration, induction, and fighting a foreign war far from their homeland were strange and unsettling concepts for many Americans. For a group of young Gosiutes and Shoshones—who had no knowledge of faraway Europe, the reasons for war, and the process of the draft—the idea of forced registration seemed to be just one more action against a people who had suffered decades of abuse and neglect at the hands of those now demanding their surrender to military service. Their resistance and the perceived threat to the war effort resulted in the sending of a detachment of soldiers from Fort Douglas to punish and arrest those who had violated the new federal law. The story of this challenge and encounter is recounted in the following chapter." [Editor]