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The third section of Title I of the Espionage Act of 1917 made it illegal during wartime to willfully “make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere” with the American successes in war or “to promote the success of its enemies,” willfully “cause or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States,” or willfully “obstruct the recruiting or enlistment of service of the United States” (Stone, 20). Case—Masses Publishing Company v. Patten In 1917 in New York under the Espionage Act of 1917, The Masses , a monthly revolutionary journal, was denied access to the mail for the content of their August issue by the postmaster of New York, who was acting under the Postmaster General. The postmaster identified four portions of text and four cartoons that supposedly fell under the act. The issue brought to the court was whether or not a publication (in this case, a
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