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
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