Woodrow Wilson's Exprage And Oppression Of Freedom
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The emergence of freedom in various domains within the United States was born of revolution and rebellion against standards that were created on traditions within early American society. During the First World War, various quests for freedom took place thereby promoting the introduction of liberal norms that are in place now. Four articles in “Voices of Freedom” written by Eric Foner on women suffrage and suppression of freedom provide insight on the oppression that affected the American people due to policies in place or established. As a result, women’s suffrage and suppression of freedoms in the period between 1913 and 1921 provide insight on policy aspects of freedom during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency.
Suppression of freedom
During the Woodrow Wilson’s presidency and the First World War, individual freedoms were curtailed through various ways. In the period between 1913 and 1921, various acts were implemented to avert the development of antiwar movements. Notably, two of the anti-war movements included the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918. Each of the above mentioned provisions reduced American freedoms despite America fighting an in a war to promote freedom worldwide.
The Espionage Act of 1917 aimed at prohibiting interference with recruitment activities that were carried-out by the military. The aforementioned provisions enabled the military to conduct national wide recruitment thus increasing the US armed forces. However,
the objective of staffing the military introduced curtailing effects on the freedoms of speech and expression since any violation was associated to support of the American enemies. Further, the Espionage Act placed restrictions on insubordination within the armed forces th...
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...nce free and voluntary motherhood would enable women to become liberated.
Civil liberties experienced by the American society resulted from the revolt among minority groups in the country. Illustratively, women suffrage informed President Woodrow Wilson’s administration about discrimination towards women. Given the dominance of men in various legislative councils women activities faced stiff opposition. However, national and regional politics facilitated the introduction of liberal laws towards women activities. Further, during the First World War government policies towards espionage promoted the application of autocratic tendencies thereby curtailing civil liberties accorded to American societies. Conclusively, an evaluation of the suffrage in the period between 1913 and 1921 provides insight on aspects of freedom during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency.