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How were civil liberties restricted during the World War I? 

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kristenmarieb... | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted September 26, 2012 at 3:08 AM via web

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How were civil liberties restricted during the World War I? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 26, 2012 at 3:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Civil liberties were restricted in World War I through laws passed by Congress.  The two most important of these were the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918.  What these laws did was essentially to ban criticism of a variety of government activities.  The laws were aimed at suppressing any dissent against the war.  In order to do this, these laws did such things as banning any speech that was disloyal or that would cause people to view the government with contempt.  These were very broad restrictions on civil liberties, particularly given the fact that people violating them could be punished by imprisonment.

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