World War 1: As Seen by American Citizens Part 2

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  • Oh, I almost forgot! And tomorrow is lightless Tuesday.
  • 1917
  • We shouldn't buy steak, because it's meatless Monday. Remember, "food will win the war".
  • I can't believe they passed the Sedition Act!
  • 1918
  • I know! I thought they would be done taking away our rights after the Espionage Act.
  • Did you hear that they ruled Charles Schenk guilty?
  • 1919
  • Yes, I did. I'm starting to think this war thing was not such a great idea after all.
  • Once America entered the war, Herbert Hoover headed the United States Food Administration. To help supply American troops as well as Allied armies and civilians, Hoover created food conversations such as "meatless Mondays". This made America more self sufficient and less dependent on the natiafood supply. The Fuel Administration, directed by Harry Garfield, was also create during this time. The organization help regulate production and delivery of coal and oil.
  • Passed on June 15, 1917, the Espionage Act prohibited individuals from publishing opinions that would interfere with the military's efforts to defeat Germany. Almost a year later, a similar law was pass, the Sedition Act of 1918. This law made it illegal to write/speak anything critical of the american involvement in the war. Both of these acts led to many arrest and took away the from freedom of speech.
  • The Schenck vs. U.S. was a supreme court decision, ruled on March 3, 1919, concerning the enforcement of the Espionage Act. It had started because a man named Charles Schenck was arrested for protesting against a military draft by the federal government and was charged with violation of the Espionage Act. This event was significant because it had lessened the strength of the 1st amendment by removing the protection of freedom of speech for the first time.
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