Free Expression During the World War I Era

in Free Expression and Democracy in America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226240664
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226240749 | DOI:
Free Expression During the World War I Era

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In the summer of 1914 war erupted in Europe. President Woodrow Wilson immediately issued a Proclamation of Neutrality. Two weeks later, in a message to the Senate, Wilson elaborated: “Every man who really loves America will act and speak in the true spirit of neutrality.” He cautioned Americans of divergent sympathies to avoid “passionately taking sides”; otherwise, they “may be divided in camps of hostile opinion, hot against each other.” With the war dragging on, though, the nation recoiled as the death toll approached an astonishing ten million. Still, in January 1917, the nation remained noncommittal. This chapter discusses World War I and suppression, and the Supreme Court's decisions on World War I free-expression cases.

Keywords: suppression; Woodrow Wilson; neutrality; Supreme Court

Chapter.  21288 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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