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How did WWI affect political life in the United States? Also, what techniques were used to stifle dissent?

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World War I created an atmosphere of intolerance in the United States. Anyone who expressed an opinion contrary to the official line was liable to end up being, at best, ostracized and, at worst, sent to prison. Most of the victims of such repression tended to be on the left of the political spectrum: radical socialists and anarchists who argued that the War had nothing to do with the proletariat and was a struggle between the ruling classes of the combatant countries. They actively campaigned to keep the United States out of the War and, after the country entered the War, encouraged the American working-class not to play any part in the conflict.

For these activities, many radical leftists found themselves in prison on trumped-up charges of sedition. But the consequences of the government's crack down on dissent were wider and much more disturbing. During the Bisbee Deportation of 1917 around 1,300 striking miners and their families in Arizona were illegally rounded up by the local...

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