Thursday, April 6, 2017

WW1 - American Protection League

March 22, 1917, the American Protection League is created. Private citizens that were to supplement manpower the the US Department of Justice in searching for spies and saboteurs in the US. They were not paid, so had to do their own jobs in addition to conducting investigations on their own time and usually with their own money. Later they use expanded to round up draft dodgers known as "Slackers" at that time. Below is an example of one style of badges and a raid for "Slackers" in New York.