Friday, August 25, 2017

Today -100: August 25, 1917: The New York Times is tired of free speech

Following the events in Houston yesterday, Sen. Morris Sheppard (D) demands that black troops be removed from Texas and Secretary of War Newton Baker agrees, or so Sheppard says. Baker denies making any such promise. There is a general demand in the South that no black soldiers be stationed for training there, and the NYT agrees.

The NYT wholeheartedly supports NYC Mayor John Purroy Mitchel’s plans to crack down on anti-war speech: “The people are tired of the toleration of ‘free speech’ which is intentionally treasonable and is uttered in sympathy with our enemies.”

War is hell (French version):

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