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Communism We fight for freedom abroad, but deny it to those at home. The 1920s presents a perfect example -- the U.S. was just finishing WWI in which they fought for freedom in a foreign country, but right after the war they denied freedom to those on their home front. Our Constitution should protect its citizen’s rights and freedoms, and then it can stop when we all realize that the Constitution is just a piece of paper. It has no bearing unless it is written upon the hearts of government officials and they choose to follow these laws. And from the past one should realize that this is not always possible. As for the 1920s, the U.S. government became tyrannical over its people denying them such freedoms as speech and the right to a lawyer. This leads to the question “Was the U.S. justified to infringe on the freedoms of others?” The Palmer Raids happened in direct correlation to events that occurred on the first of May 1919. On May 1, several packages were delivered by the United States Postal Service to several prominent figures including judges, senators and businessmen. One such package was delivered to Senator Thomas Hardwick of Georgia. Ethel Williams his personal secretary went outside and received the package. As she proceeded to open the packages, the package exploded, blowing off her two arms and nearly killing her (Hoyt 4). While this bomb did incite some government officials to fear Communists, the bombing that put them over the top happened to Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. Palmer and other politicians were sitting in the library of Palmer’s house when they heard an explosion. All the members of this gathering exited outside and discovered it had been a bomb; only this time the person did not set the fuse correctly and died when the bomb went off. They found the victim’s body with literature that read, “There will be bloodshed; we will not dodge; there will have to
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be murder; we will kill, because it is necessary; we will destroy to rid the world of your tyrannical institutions” (Hoyt 31). Instead of Palmer going after the person or persons whom directly planned the bombing, he went after everyone who had any association with the organizations the person or persons were part of. He blamed a whole group for the action of one. Palmer and other government officials, out of fear and hate, looked to arrest all members of these groups.
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