Charles Schenck - Famous Supreme Court Case

Charles Schenck-Famous Supreme Court Case

Charles Schenck was living in Philadelphia when the U.S. government passed a conscription law.  The purpose of the law was to draft young men into the military.  They would then be sent to Europe, to fight in World War I.

Schenck - who was Secretary of the Socialist Party of America - thought the law was unconstitutional.  He likened drafting soldiers to involuntary servitude.  

By this stage of the war, newspapers were publishing articles about horrific conditions in French trenches.  Why - wondered Schenck and his friends - should American soldiers be sent to such places?  Why should Americans participate in a fight which didn’t concern America?

Schenck took action.  He wrote a leaflet stating that the conscription law was unconstitutional and that people should resist it.  

That's when his troubles with the U.S. government began.  


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