Abrams vs. United States: Limits to dissent in a time of war

By Lillie Eastham and Hayley Robb, F/G Scholars

Socialists arrested for distributing anti-war pamphlets (Photo Courtesy UMKC Law School)

Abrams v. United States (1919) stems from a time when war was raging with Germany on Russian soil after revolutionists had overtaken the tsarists (Oyez, 2018). In an act of protest against the war, six Russian immigrants were involved in releasing thousands of pamphlets encouraging the general strike of producing munition necessary for the war efforts (Oyez, 2018). The pamphlets were dropped from a building window in New York City – one was written in English while the other was in Yiddish (Oyez, 2018). Continue reading Abrams vs. United States: Limits to dissent in a time of war