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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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When the US entered World War I in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson needed to mobilize troops and gain the nation's support very quickly. This included drafting, training, and outfitting millions of young men to prepare them for war duties across the ocean. In order to achieve the country’s backing, the administration launched a major propaganda operation and passed laws to silence dissenters, such as media censorship and the jailing of politicians.

Not surprisingly, some Americans did not appreciate losing their Constitutional right to “civil liberties.” So, the government’s plan to destabilize these civil liberties essentially...

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