Safe for Democracy: The United States And World War 1|
America and the World 125:Professor Cash|
Evan Kantor |
In reading of this chapter and both documents, it really shows how the United States had to fight for its democracy and freedoms. There were two main points during this time that helped shape America. Eugene V. Debs was a man on a mission; he was arrested for delivering an anti-war speech and was convicted in violation in the Espionage Act. Debs was a socialist that did not want the United States to be involved in World War 1. Debs was a socialist leader that wanted the people to know not to just let your voice to be forgotten but have a reason and express it. W.E.B Du Bois was a black leader who supported blacks to be involved in the war. He also wanted the black brothers to return and fight the war for their freedoms at home. W.E.B Du Bois knew that the war at home wasn’t going to just go away and they will earn their freedoms after they have fought in the war. As America at this time, has been trying to expand as a super power. President Wilson had his hands full during this time period in America. Wilson didn’t want to bring America into war but because of the unconventional submarine warfare and the sinking of the Lusitania. Wilson was forced to involve the United States in World War 1, but socialist leaders like Eugene V. Debs was against the United States to go to Europe and fight. Eugene talks in his speech and says “In every age there have been a few heroic souls who have been in advance of their time, who have been misunderstood, maligned, persecuted, sometimes put to death, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Paine, and their compeers were the rebels of their day, but they had moral courage to be true to their convictions” (page,590). This quote was saying that for you to become a leader you have to be a rebel to get what you believe is right. He knew he didn’t want the United...