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Can thinking be an act of crime? According to local radical Louise Olivereau, the Espionage Act of 1917 did just that. Olivereau opposed U.S. involvement in World War I and encouraged men to refuse to fight. This act of dissent led to her conviction under the Espionage Act, the same Act that we hear of today in connection with such well-known whistleblowers as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. The right to dissent is seen by some as an act of treason, and by others as an act of patriotism. Join civil liberties experts and historians to explore patriotism, pacifism, and the limits of free speech. Generous support provided by 4 Culture.

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