Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. and Schenck v US, 1919

During WWI free speech was tested in the case of Schenck v. US.

Cited as one of the most important cases in Supreme Court history, we have included Holmes, Jr.’s opinion on the case in which the “clear and present danger” standard was introduced.

Here is a copy of the opinion as well as questions and answers for students. It is nice when they can read the document itself in order to understand the logic behind the decision.

For more on this era check out our US History WWI and World History WWI PowerPoints.

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