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SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MORATORIUM. The Soldiers and Sailors Moratorium Law, passed by the Texas Legislature in 1919, prohibited forced sale of property of soldiers and sailors participating in World War I until twelve months after their discharge from the service. Penalties for nonpayment of taxes by soldiers, sailors, and marines were also remitted. Discharged members of the armed forces who had been absent from home in January 1919 could vote in all elections held during 1919 and 1920 without payment of their poll taxes, if otherwise qualified.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Ralph W. Steen, Twentieth Century Texas: An Economic and Social History (Austin: Steck, 1942).

Ralph W. Steen


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Ralph W. Steen, "SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MORATORIUM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 05, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.