Schenck v United States

Schenck v United States

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Emily Brezarich, P. 2

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  • During World War I...
  • Why must the young men be drafted into this brutal war? They have so much potential elsewhere! I must change this.
  • Charles Schenck decides to mail draftees, encouraging them to resist the draft.
  • In reality, the letters promoted peaceful action against the draft.
  • ...Let's petition to repeal the Conscription Act.
  • HEY! You can't do that! 
  • January 8-9, 1919, Schenck's case is argued.
  • The case was decided on March 3, 1919, in the White Court.
  • We vote unanimously that you are not protected by the First Amendment in this situation.
  • The Court established that, during wartime, utterances tolerable during peacetime could be punished.
  • You are charged with conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act by attempting to obstruct recruitment and cause insubordination in the military.
  • Congress has the right to prevent situations begun by words posing a 'clear and present danger.'
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