Reading the Twentieth Century: Documents in American History by Donald W. Whisenhunt

By Donald W. Whisenhunt

The concentration of Reading the 20 th Century is at the function of the us on the planet within the 20th century, after the country grew to become a massive global participant. Readings comprise public files, memoirs, and media reviews, a lot of that have by no means been released prior to. The e-book is based in one of these approach that parts might be assigned to scholars, and the order of presentation is such that teachers can assign sections chronologically or thematically. although hugely informative, the editor's bankruptcy introductions and the record head notes are short, designed merely to introduce the themes in order that the files can communicate for themselves.

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He was able to convince Congress in 1918 to amend the Espionage Act with a sedition clause. This change is commonly referred to as the Sedition Act. Under this amendment, free speech was essentially squelched. Following is the amendment known as the Sedition Act; compare Section 3 of this amendment with the original Section 3 of the Espionage Act. 26 Chapter 1 Sec. 3. Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States, or to promote the success of its enemies, or shall willfully make or convey false reports or false statements, or say or do anything except by way of bona fide and not disloyal advice to an investor or investors, with intent to obstruct the sale by the United States of bonds or other securities of the United States or the making of loans by or to the United States, and whoever when the United States is at war, shall willfully cause or attempt to cause, or incite or attempt to incite, insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or shall willfully obstruct or attempt to obstruct the recruiting or enlistment services of the United States, and whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully utter, print, write or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States or the Constitution of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States, or the flag of the United States, or the uniform of the Army or Navy of the United States into contempt, scorn, contumely, or disrepute, or shall willfully utter, print, write, or publish any language intended to incite, provoke, or encourage resistance to the United States, or to promote the cause of its enemies, or shall willfully display the flag of any foreign enemy, or shall willfully by utterance, writing, printing, publication, or language spoken, urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of production in this country of any thing or things, product or products, necessary or essential to the prosecution of the war in which the United States may be engaged, with intent by such curtailment to cripple or hinder the United States in the prosecution of war, and whoever shall willfully advocate, teach, defend, or suggest the doing of any of the acts or things in this section enumerated, and whoever shall by word or act support or favor the cause of any country with which the United States is at war or by word or act oppose the cause of the United States therein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or the imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both: Provided, That any employee or official of the United States Government who commits any disloyal act or utters any unpatriotic or disloyal language, or who, in an abusive and violent manner criticizes the Army or Navy or the flag of the United States shall be at once dismissed from the service.

This may seem a little tall—but I have seen with my own eyes carcasses lying bare in the boiling sun, the results of raids on receptacles for the dead in search of diamonds. The [white] troops, thinking we would be proud to emulate their conduct, have made bold of telling their exploits to us. One fellow, member of the 13th Minnesota, told me how some fellows he knew had cut off a native woman’s arm in order to get a fine inlaid bracelet. , the reply was: “Do you think we could stay over here and fight these damn niggers without making it pay all it’s worth?

Through the medium of the motion picture, America’s war progress, as well as the meanings and purposes of democracy, were carried to every community in the United States and to every corner of the world. . Documents 6–9: Press Criticism of the Restriction of Civil Liberties During the war, many of the left-leaning magazines of the time criticized the actions of the government. Some of them believed that freedom of speech had been severely curtailed, and others were critical of the government’s actions regarding any kind of dissent.

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