Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

History

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Anne Cipriano Venzon

Abstract

The following is a comprehensive study of the creation of the 1917 Threats Against the President Act. This study investigates the necessity of the legislation in the months preceding America’s entrance into the Great War, its introduction and rapid passage through both Houses of Congress, its role in quelling potential dissent in the hyper-patriotic American home front, and the measure’s effects upon a series of wartime infringements of civil liberties. By noting the social and political factors that influenced growing threats against the President in the pre-war period, to include Wilson’s Americanism campaign and anti-war movement, this measure’s creation and varied interpretation in the Federal court system can be more clearly ascertained.

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