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History_21__outline_for_WWI_civil_libert

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S WARTIME TREATMENT OF   CIVIL LIBERTIES & DISSENT PRESIDENT WILSON VIEWS ON WARTIME DISSENT  ESPIONAGE ACT  (passed June 1917) -----specified 2 basic criminal offenses --1) attempts to willfully “cause insubordination,  disloyalty…or refusal to duty in the military”; --2) efforts of obstruct, impair the military draft WHY CONGRESS PUSHED FOR MORE SEVERE  SEDITION ACT --Espionage Act was too narrowly crafted; focused on  explicit acts of obstructing the War effort; it left  untouched “seditious” speech --1917 surge in militant labor radicalism (stepped up  activities of western miners’ IWW union)
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SEDITION ACT  (passed May 1918) ----similar to 1798 Sedition Act  --outlawed “any disloyal…or abusive language about…  [the United States] government… or any language  intended to bring the [US form of government]… into  contempt, scorn or disrepute”
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