Eugene V Debs feature

Library of Congress: DEBS, EUGENE V.

Debs v. United States

By March 10, 1919

In Debs v. United States, the Supreme Court upholds the conviction of socialist and presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs under the Espionage Act for making speeches opposing World War I. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes claims to apply the “clear and present danger” test; however, he phrases it as requiring that Debs’ words have a “natural tendency and reasonably probable effect” of obstructing recruitment.


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