History proj. pt 2

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  • But the US also felt like they needed to protect themselves from their people. Hence the Espionage Act. Essentially this was meant to deal with any people (especially foreigners) who had German sympathies.
  • But that still wasn't enough. Later Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1918 which made any written or spoken dissent against the government illegal.
  • Charles Schenck, a socialist that wrote a article about how the draft should be illegal, took his case to the Supreme Court citing the first Amendment. Despite his efforts he was still convicted.
  • The Draft Schenck had written about had come about thanks to the Selective Service Act of 1917. This essentially reinstated the draft for war time. One of the main reasons for doing this was the lack of US volunteers for the war.
  • Because of the efforts of the Government, morale was high for the US during war time. Many people saw the Axis Powers. (especially the Germans) as brutes that needed to be brought down and because of the Espionage and Sedition Act, the few who didn't agree with the war were silenced.
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