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Eugene V. Debs and Constitutional Liberties, 1895 and 1919

Dates: Now - October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Category: Educational
Location: Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street | Woodstock, IL 60098
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Eugene V. Debs and Constitutional Liberties, 1895 and 1919

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 2:00-4:00, Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, Illinois

Eugene V. Debs and Constitutional Liberties, 1895 and 1919

Ernest Freeberg of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be talking about Eugene V. Debs and the two United States Supreme Court cases concerning his constitutional freedoms decided in 1895 and 1919. The first Supreme Court decision, In re Debs, sent him to McHenry County Jail. The second decision, Debs v. United States, upheld Debs's ten-year sentence in federal prison, spent in Moundsville, West Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.

Debs became a socialist in McHenry County Jail in 1895 partly because of the federal government's support of the railroads and Pullman Company and disregard for the American Railway Union's freedom of association. As a socialist, Debs in 1918 opposed the participation of the United States in World War One in a speech for which he was prosecuted by the federal government. This prosecution denied his freedom of speech.

Freeberg's compelling presentation will be based on his book "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent" (Harvard University Press).

The event is hosted by Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Admission is free.




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