Unsafe For Democracy

( 1 )

Overview

In a study with significant relevance to questions of government authority in contemporary America, author William H. Thomas argues that the U.S. Justice Department, in its efforts to suppress anti-war sentiment during World War I, went considerably beyond its official charge of prosecuting objectors through espionage and sedition statutes. Drawing on a massive collection of microfilmed reports written by Department detectives from around the nation, Thomas demonstrates how they simultaneously augmented this more...
See more details below
Paperback (Large Print Edition)
$21.55
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$24.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $16.04   
  • New (7) from $16.04   
  • Used (2) from $21.54   
Sending request ...

Overview

In a study with significant relevance to questions of government authority in contemporary America, author William H. Thomas argues that the U.S. Justice Department, in its efforts to suppress anti-war sentiment during World War I, went considerably beyond its official charge of prosecuting objectors through espionage and sedition statutes. Drawing on a massive collection of microfilmed reports written by Department detectives from around the nation, Thomas demonstrates how they simultaneously augmented this more open, public mission with subtler forms of coercion, stifling opposition by engaging in covert methods of surveillance and intimidation-a new and significant finding. Based on this research, he concludes that the secret methods used in subsequent decades against the left and other organizations regarded as subversive were pioneered during, rather than after, World War I.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299228965
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Studies in American Thought and Culture Series
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Illustrations      

Acknowledgements     
Author's Note

 

Prologue              

1. Setting the Stage      

2. Methods and Ideology         

3. Policing the Clergy   

4. Policing the Left       

5. Policing Wisconsin   

6. Vigilantism   

Epilogue          

 

Appendix: Biographical Information of Justice Department Investigators in Wisconsin    

Notes  

Bibliography    

Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)