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.

Also check out our Government PowerPoints:

World War I Propaganda Poster Assignment

WWI

There are some amazing resources online for teaching about propaganda from WWI.

This website contains examples from various nations involved in the war.

All of the posters in this Georgetown exhibit are US posters.

And finally this website contains WWI propaganda postcards.

We have included a simple assignment that we’ve had fun with over the years in our classrooms that asks students to design their own posters using recognizable symbols.

If you are looking for other WWI resources, we have two PowerPoints,  one for US, the other World History.