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Conscription is the process of coercing men into becoming soldiers by force of law. It was a disorganized process with many injustices until World War I, and it has always been controversial.

Daniel Webster was elected to the House of Representatives in 1812. As a New Englander, he naturally tended to oppose the War of 1812, which was unpopular in his region. In a speech in 1814, he took particular exception to the government's plan to fill army ranks through conscription:

The people of this country have not established for themselves such a fabric of despotism. They have not purchased at a vast expense of their own treasure and their own blood a Magna Carta to be slaves. Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war, in which the folly or the wickedness of Government may engage it?

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