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Author Donalson, Daniel G., 1952-

Title The Espionage and Sedition Acts of World War I : using wartime loyalty laws for revenge and profit / Daniel G. Donalson
Published El Paso : LFB Scholarly Pub., 2012
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 197 pages)
Series Law and Society
Recht und Gesellschaft.
Contents Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: The Home Front Enters the War; Chapter 2: The Randomness: Bolts Out of the Blue; Chapter 3: Ethnicity and the Espionage and Sedition Acts; Chapter 4: A New Form of Political Assassination; Chapter 5: Using the Espionage and Sedition Acts in theWorkplace; Chapter 6: Conclusion: The Unintended Consequences; Bibliography; Index
Summary Donalson 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 act
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Allegiance -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Minorities -- Crimes against -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Political crimes and offenses -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012032254
ISBN 1593326246 (electronic bk.)
9781593326241 (electronic bk.)