On This Day: The Sedition Act of 1918

The Sedition Act extended the Espionage Act of 1917 and was enacted on May 16, 1918 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds.

The Espionage and Sedition Acts

Author Phillippa Strum discusses the limiting of free speech under the Espionage and Sedition Acts