New York State Archives, NYSA_A4234-78_B2_F14_Syracuse_enemies
A request for the names of alien enemies in Syracuse, December, 1917.
What exactly is the newspaper editor requesting? From whom?
Why does the author say it is “wise to publish these names?”
What might be the purpose of publishing the names of Aliens during a war?
What indicates how seriously the paper takes this task?
How might the people of Syracuse react to the publishing of the names?
Compare this time period in American history with the War on Terror, specifically The Patriot Act. Is this “profiling” and discrimination? Or is it necessary during a time of war?
Write a Supreme Court dissenting opinion to Holmes’ in which you challenge the legality of “clear and present danger.”
Kennedy, David. Over Here: The First World War and American Society. NY, Oxford University Press, 1980.
Murphy, Paul L. World War I and the origin of civil liberties in the United States. NY, Norton, 1979.
Paxson, Frederic L. American Democracy and the World War. NY, Cooper Square, 1966.