Repression of Civil liberties
Repression means to put down by force
Espionage and Sedition Acts
- The Espionage Act allowed federal officials to arrest people whose opinions they thought was a threat to national security.
- The Espionage Act was enacted on june 15, 1917
- The Sedition Act was passed on may 16, 1918
- The Sedition Act passed eight new criminal offenses which included: uttering, printing, writing, or publishing any disloyal, profane, or abusive language intended to disrespect for the U.S. government or the constitution.
Eugene Victor Debs
- Eugene Victor Debs was born in Terre Haute
- He quit school at the age of 14 to work, he started working for the railroad as a fireman.
- in 1874 he quit his job to work as a billing clerk in the wholesale grocery firm of Hulman & Cox
- in 1875 he founded the local Brotherhood of Locomotive firemen but kept working for Hulman & Cox
- in 1905 he helped establish the International Workers of the World
- on june 16th 1918 he was arrested for giving a antiwar speech Canton, Ohio and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison and lost his citizenship.
- in 1921 president Warren Harding pardoned Eugene V. Debs
- he could no longer run for president because of his health