Reading of The Canton Ohio Anti-War Speech.

Posted: November 11, 2014 in Fight war and war mongers, In Remembrance, resistance, Solidarity

Everyone should take a moment to listen to this speech written and given by Eugene Debs in Canton Ohio on June 16, 1918. This lead to Debs arrest. Many thanks to Solidarity for bringing this reading to our attention.

To read the full speech go to, E.V. Debs The Canton, Ohio Speech, The Anti-war Speech. 

On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs made a speech in Canton, Ohio in opposition to World War I and was arrested under the Espionage Act of 1917. He was convicted, sentenced to serve ten years in prison and disenfranchised for life. Debs appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court. In its ruling on Debs v. United States, the court examined several statements Debs had made regarding World War I. While Debs had carefully guarded his speeches in an attempt to comply with the Espionage Act, the Court found he still had the intention and effect of obstructing the draft and recruitment for the war. Below is the excerpt from his speech detailing his opposition to World War 1:


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