The Legacy of Civil Liberty Legislation during WWI (Worksheet)

Why were the Espionage Act of 1917 and Sedition Act of 1918 passed during WWI? Were they the first laws that suppressed freedom of speech in the United States? How did the Supreme Court rule on the cases? How have these laws been applied since WWI?

Professor Mary Dudziak, author of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences, answers these questions and more in this 2014 interview. Attached on the top right sidebar is an abridged version that focuses on information found in many U.S. history curricula. For the full interview, please click here.