The Wilson Administration and Civil Liberties, 1917-1921 [NOOK Book]

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This much-cited study of Woodrow Wilson and his administration is a foundational work of legal and social history. In it, Scheiber explores the suppression of speech and print publication during an era of world war, the Red Scare, anti-foreign fervor, and unionism. Wilson's notable achievements in social leadership and the progressive movement are questioned in light of his failure to protect civil liberties amidst the tide of war fever, ...
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The Wilson Administration and Civil Liberties, 1917-1921

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Overview

This much-cited study of Woodrow Wilson and his administration is a foundational work of legal and social history. In it, Scheiber explores the suppression of speech and print publication during an era of world war, the Red Scare, anti-foreign fervor, and unionism. Wilson's notable achievements in social leadership and the progressive movement are questioned in light of his failure to protect civil liberties amidst the tide of war fever, nationalism, racism, and corporate interests.

Wilson's administration, through the Justice Department and the Postmaster General, took ruthless and often spurious actions to repress liberties, as the author reveals by prodigious research and useful tables showing prosecutions and dispositions of anti-speech legal actions.

Toward the end of his administration, as he was rendered weak and distant by stroke, there is no doubt that Wilson turned a blind eye to anti-speech governmental behavior. But Scheiber shows that the systematic suppression came long before, for reasons that included the hyperfocus Wilson had on World War I and the League of Nations.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016372709
  • Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/20/2013
  • Series: Legal History & Biography , #0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 916,369
  • File size: 437 KB

Meet the Author

HARRY N. SCHEIBER is the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law (Emeritus) at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the Institute for Legal Research. He served for eight years as chair and associate dean for the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. He is the author of numerous books on legal history, environmental policy, and federalism, including 'Ohio Canal Era' and 'American Law and the Constitutional Order.'
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