The Sedition Act of 1917 limited freedom of speech. President Wilson and Congress claimed political dissent would harm the country's war effort. In this lesson, students consider whether critics of the First World War were anti-American as they read anti-war documents from prominent socialist leaders Eugene Debs and Charles Schenck, as well as excerpts from the Sedition Act and a Supreme Court ruling upholding the act.
[Lesson Plan updated 5/13/16.]

Image: Sedition Act political cartoon by W.A. Rogers, 1918. From the Library of Congress.


Hi codell, the videos are intended to establish relevant background information, and as such can be readily substituted by a) a lecture, b) the textbook, or c) another segment of video. In short, the particular clips that we have selected are not essential to the lessons. We appreciate your feedback and will take it into account when developing future materials.
I've been trying to figure out how to watch the video and can't seem to make it work (without paying for a subscription?). Anyone have any luck?
I just used this lesson in my High School U.S. History course. All of my classes had great discussions about what it means to be patriotic, even in times of war.
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