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How did World War I and its aftermath affect freedom and civil liberties in the United States? For whom?

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World War I and its aftermath greatly curtailed civil liberties in the United States, with everyday citizens and dissidents who were not in support of the war being most greatly affected. The main vein of civil liberties to be diminished dealt with First Amendment rights, with freedom of speech and freedom of the press being reduced as a result of the war. President Woodrow Wilson attempted to suppress opposition and dissent among American citizens, as the American government did not want anything to hamper victory over the Central Powers.

Legislation and court cases weakening civil liberties included the Espionage Act, which was appealed and eventually wound up in the Supreme Court as

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