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It can be referred to as the "Poor Man's War" because mostly the poor or working class men were drafted in. The college attending men who would normally be drafted in were exempt, as well as men who were sons of politicians and such. There were many ways to get around the draft but the people who could not get around it ended up being the poor and working class men of the country.

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Mostly because the lower class men were drafted to war.

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