THIS DAY IN HISTORY May 16, 1918: The Sedition Act of 1918 Enacted

#tdih The Sedition Act of 1918 was enacted to extend the Espionage Act of 1917. The Sedition Act covered a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds.
Among those arrested under the act, Eugene Debs and Marie Equi.

Read more below and listen to a reading of Debs’ infamous Canton, Ohio speech.

May 16, 1918: The Sedition Act of 1918 Enacted

 

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