Darkest before dawn; sedition and free speech in the American West.
Darkest before dawn; sedition sedition (sĭdĭ`shən), in law, acts or words tending to upset the authority of a government. The scope of the offense was broad in early common law, which even permitted prosecution for a remark insulting to the king. and free speech in the American West.
Work, Clemens P.
U. of New Mexico Press
Work (journalism, U. of Montana at Missoula) unearths the story of dissent and its suppression in Montana during and immediately preceding World War I. He discusses how Montana's 1918 sedition law essentially used the patriotic fervor stirred up by the war to cast radical groups such as the Industrial Workers of the World Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), revolutionary industrial union organized in Chicago in 1905 by delegates from the Western Federation of Mines, which formed the nucleus of the IWW, and 42 other labor organizations. as disloyal and potential saboteurs allowing the use of beatings, lynchings, raids, censorship, and jailings to repress re·press
1. To hold back by an act of volition.
2. To exclude something from the conscious mind. the IWW IWW: see Industrial Workers of the World. and attempt to silence its demands for economic justice. At the end of the book, he describes how this Red Scare Throughout much of the twentieth century, the United States worried about Communist activities within its borders. This concern led to sweeping federal action against Aliens and citizens alike during periods known today as Red scares. was followed by a national debate over the role of free speech in a democratic society, which he describes as a dawning of the First Amendment, "which had lain wrapped in semi-darkness for 130 years."
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