Espionage, Sedition, Censorship, and Speaking Up

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Overview

In this lesson, students will analyze a political cartoon created by William Allen Rogers during World War I to give context to press censorship during that war. Next, students will explore additional sources from the Library of Congress to analyze how censorship worked both before and after the passage of the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-18.  Finally, students will compose their own “email to the editor” of a local newspaper or online news source, expressing their own views about the importance of freedom of the press and their informed opinion of press censorship in wartime.

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Grade

High School

Subjects

Civics, Social Studies

Length

80-100 minutes.

Topics

censorship, Committee on Public Information, espionage, Espionage Act 1917, free press, freedom of the press, newspapers, sedition, Sedition Act 1918, suppression, World War I, WWI

Author

Citizen U