American Political Prisoners: Prosecutions Under the Espionage and Sedition Acts

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 - History - 216 pages
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This book is the first account of the personal lives of the nearly 1,000 long-term political prisoners arrested under various sedition laws for their opposition to World War I, their trade union activities, or their unpopular political or religious beliefs. Based on the author's exclusive access to the uncensored prison files of many of these prisoners, and information obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act, Kohn relays the powerful prison experiences of some of America's most famous and colorful labor, socialist, and peace leaders. With over ten years of research, and access to tens of thousands of pages of never-before released U.S. Department of Justice records, Stephen Kohn has been able to recreate the actual prison experiences of these political prisoners.

 

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Contents

The Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917 and 1918 Then and Now
7
The Selective Service Act
27
Inside Golgotha The Prison Experience of the World War I Sedition Act Inmates
31
The Convictions
33
Prison Discipline
39
A Transfer to St Elizabeths Hospital for the Insane
45
A Death
49
The Most Indolent Man at Leavenworth
55
Relief from the Psychopathic Ward
69
Release
75
The Prisoners
82
Federal Espionage and Sedition Act Prisoners
83
State AntiSedition and Criminal Syndicalism Prisoners
157
Political Prisoners Who Died While Incarcerated in Federal Military and State Prisons
183
Conclusion
191
Selected Bibliography
193

Military Justice
59
Isolation
63

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STEPHEN M. KOHN is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center. He is the former Director of Corporate Litigation for the Government Accountability Project. Nationally recognized for his scholarship and litigation on behalf of whistleblowers, Kohn in 1985 authored the first legal text on whistleblower law. He is the author of Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law (Quorum, 2000).

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