I am reading "Give Me Liberty" by Eric Foner and have some questions for clarification. Short responses are fine as I'm just looking to understand.
1) How were civil rights affected during WW1?
2) How did the Espionage Act, Sedition Act, the Red Scare, and the Palmer Raids play a part during this time?
3) How are these reconciled with values of freedom and consitutional principles in the Bill of Rights?
4) Are there any parallels in this period with the ongoing "global war on terror" as it has been dubbed post 9/11/2001?
WWI and Civil Liberties
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Firstly, the Great War, also known as World War One, indeed caused great prosperity and panic. Everything that you're asking about is related to those two issues. Absolutely everything. The U.S. at the outset of WWI actually wanted nothing to do with it; it was only after Lusitania and the interception of a German telegram that the U.S. realized its policy of isolationism was going to be challenged. That made them fearful of keeping what they had, and losing it to previously unknown types of people that, prior to the war, had posed no threat due to that isolation. In other words, what you had was a "political diplomacy binge." If you can, imagine living in a small apartment and simply going to the market down the street, ...
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