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Unsafe for Democracy World War I and the U. S. Justice Department's Covert Campaign to Suppress Dissent

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ISBN-10: 0299228908

ISBN-13: 9780299228903

Edition: 2008

Authors: William H. Thomas

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During the First World War it was the task of the U.S. Department of Justice, using the newly passed Espionage Act and its later Sedition Act amendment, to prosecute and convict those who opposed Americarsquo;s entry into the conflict. InUnsafe for Democracy, historian William H. Thomas Jr. shows that the Justice Department did not stop at this official charge but went much further-paying cautionary visits to suspected dissenters, pressuring them to express support of the war effort, or intimidating them into silence. At times going undercover, investigators tried to elicit the unguarded comments of individuals believed to be a threat to the prevailing social order. In this massive yet largely secret campaign, agents cast their net wide, targeting isolationists, pacifists, immigrants, socialists, labor organizers, African Americans, and clergymen. The unemployed, the mentally ill, college students, schoolteachers, even schoolchildren, all might come under scrutiny, often in the context of the most trivial and benign activities of daily life. Delving into numerous reports by Justice Department detectives, Thomas documents how, in case after case, they used threats and warnings to frighten war critics and silence dissent. This early government crusade for wartime ideological conformity, Thomas argues, marks one of the more dubious achievements of the Progressive Era-and a development that resonates in the present day.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

William H. Thomas Jr., an independent scholar, received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. He lives in Orsquo;Fallon, Illinois.

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Setting the Stage
Methods and Ideology
Policing the Clergy
Policing the Left
Policing Wisconsin
Vigilantism
Epilogue
Appendix: Biographical Information of Justice Department Investigators in Wisconsin
Notes
Bibliography
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