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Pacifists are people who are opposed to war for moral or religious reasons. Some pacifists are opposed to all wars, regardless of the war's causes, while others only oppose wars that they believe are based upon immoral justifications.
In World War I, conscientious objectors who were drafted into the military and refused to serve were often given the option to work in hospitals or in other support efforts instead. Some agreed to this alternative, but others refused to do anything that would contribute to the American war effort. Some conscientious objectors were even sentenced to jail time for their failure to serve if drafted. Pacifists were often harassed by other Ohioans, who viewed them as unpatriotic.
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