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How were civil liberties challenged in the 1920s and during World War I? How did the people respond?

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During World War I and the 1920s, civil liberties were challenged. It is not unusual during times of war that the government restricts the civil liberties of its citizens. During World War I, the Sedition Act was passed. This made it illegal to publically criticize the government, the president, or the war effort. The Espionage Act punished any anti-war activity. German-Americans faced discrimination. Schools stopped teaching German, and German foods like hamburger and sauerkraut were renamed Salisbury steak and liberty cabbage. In 1919, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of

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