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Transcript of brielle rich
Eugene Victor "Gene" Debs was an American Union Leader. He was born on November 5,1855, and died October 20, 1926. He was a strong- willed socialist who wanted better conditions and treatment towards minorities and workers. He ran for president five times, even while in prison. Over a million people voted for Prisoner 9653 to become president.
Eugene V. Debs opposed the united states involvement in World War 1 because he believed that what he called the "master class" would be in control of the working class.
"Yours is not to ask the question why; yours but to do and die."
This is one of Eugene V. Deb's famous lines from his Canton speech in Ohio, which would lead to his arrest. Eugene speaks out about the master class declaring war only to have the working class fight it for them; bringing liberty to the privileged and only devastation to the poor.
At the time of World War 1 (1914-1918), the Sedition Act, along with the Espionage Act were passed, limiting the freedom of speech. Eugene V. Debs challenged this act when he argued against the US involvement in WW1, as well as equal treatment and better conditions and pay for the working class. He spoke in Ohio, right next door to a prison, knowing that soon after his speech he would likely be arrested, which he was.
By: Brielle Rich 8-A
Eugene V. Debs' famous canton speech won him ten years in jail, which didn't seem to stop him at all. He ran for president 5 separate times, once being in a four way race with Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft. He also ran for president while in jail, and had a pretty good chance of winning the election.
"So far as I'm concerned, it does not matter what others may say, think, or do, as long as I'm sure of myself and the cause"
Eugene V. Debs was considered a nuisance by the government, because he spoke about how the United States shouldn't be involved in WW1. government officials thought that influential speakers, like Eugene, could lead people to drastic measures, such as a revolt against the war. A divided country would only make the war harder, so the government punished the speakers with the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act, limiting the freedom of speech.