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The Espionage and Sedition Acts of World War I : using wartime loyalty laws for revenge and profit

Author: Daniel G Donalson
Publisher: El Paso : LFB Scholarly Pub., 2012.
Series: Law and society (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Donaldson focuses on how ordinary citizens used the Espionage and Sedition Acts of World War I for personal benefit and profit. He shows how the acts were used particularly but not exclusively against persons of German ancestry to settle family and neighborhood quarrels, workplace disputes, and political differences. These acts, intended to unify the nation in a time of war, instead undermined the concepts of free  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel G Donalson
ISBN: 9781593324926 1593324928
OCLC Number: 806014220
Description: vii, 197 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Table of contents --
The home front enters the war --
The randomness : bolts out of the blue --
Ethnicity and the Espionage and Sedition Acts --
A new form of political assassination --
Using the Espionage and Sedition Acts in the workplace --
Conclusion : the unintended consequences.
Series Title: Law and society (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Daniel G. Donalson.

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"Donaldson focuses on how ordinary citizens used the Espionage and Sedition Acts of World War I for personal benefit and profit. He shows how the acts were used particularly but not exclusively against persons of German ancestry to settle family and neighborhood quarrels, workplace disputes, and political differences. These acts, intended to unify the nation in a time of war, instead undermined the concepts of free speech and presumption of innocence, and started the United States on the path of totalitarianism where any word or action could be interpreted as 'disloyal' and result in federal action. The irony of it all was that, by the end of the war, it was the Bureau of Investigation that kept it from becoming, as Thomas Jefferson once said, a 'reign of witches'"--Unedited summary from book cover.

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