1st Amendment Rights Essay

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How did the United States Government attempt to rally support for its wartime policies interfere with the 1st amendment rights? The First Amendment and other civil liberties suffered greatly during World War I. The First Amendment states " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The amendment prohibits the Congress from making laws respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech and infringing on the freedom of the press and Petition and assembly During World War 1 and early after the U.S. Government interfered with the rights of the First Amendment. One thing the government did was passing the Espionage Act. The Espionage Act of 1917 was a United States federal law passed shortly after entering World War I, on June 15, 1917, which made it a crime for a person to convey information with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies, or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or…show more content…
The act also allowed the Postmaster General to deny mail delivery to dissenters of government policy during wartime. Mostly it made it a crime to utter, print, write or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the United States' form of government, which interfered with the 1st Amendment Right by taking away the rights of freedom of speech. During World War 1, the government made laws that interfered with the 1st amendment

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