Presentation on theme: "War on the Home Front Espionage & Sedition Acts. Answer ONE of the following: What does patriotism mean to you? Do you think it’s important for people."— Presentation transcript:
Answer ONE of the following: What does patriotism mean to you? Do you think it’s important for people to be patriotic? Why or why not? Is it unpatriotic or anti-American to criticize the United States government?
Fear of spying, sabotage & dissent motivated Congress to pass the Espionage & Sedition Acts. The federal court case Schenk v. United States upheld the Sedition Act in cases that created a “clear and present danger.”
1. What did President Wilson do to promote patriotism and restrict dissent during WWI? 2. Do you think these were necessary decisions?
Capitalist TYRANTS! LONG LIVE Freedom of Speech! Were Debs and Schenk anti-American? Why or why not?
Targeted labor unions and Socialists Sedition Act – Year: 1918 – Cannot say anything disloyal or profane about the government Espionage Act – Year: 1917 – Penalties for spying, sabotage and “obstruction of the war effort”
Guilty?!?! WHAT?!?! Do you think Debs and Schenck broke the law?