Today In History- May 16

Today In History- May 16


The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress.

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1918 Sedition Act passed amidst Red Scare.

  • Washington D.C., USA

During the height of communist and foreign apprehension in the United States, on May 16, 1918, Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1918.  Passed at the request of President Woodrow Wilson, the act was an addition to the Espionage Acts of 1917, and stipulated that Americans not use libelous and abusive language towards U.S. government officials.  This was particularly crucial for Wilson because of the events of World War One, and those accused of such action could not even receive mail or correspondance during wartime.

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