The Great War and the Creation of the AAUP


This year, 2014, is the centennial of the outbreak of war in Europe which quickly escalated into the senseless slaughter of World War I. Charles Schenck, a secretary of the Socialist Party, opposed the draft during The Great War, a term that many used to describe World War I. He wrote an enduring, magnificent pamphlet that is a major exposition against conscription using constitutional argumentation and towering rhetoric: “Democracy must come from liberal education…You are a citizen, not a subject…Do you know that patriotism means a love for your country and not hate for others?”

He was arrested and sentenced to six months in prison during the Wilsonian, “War to make the world safe for democracy.” That applied perhaps to the world outside of Jim Crow America. Just four years after the founding of the AAUP, in the infamous, landmark case, Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919), Justice Oliver…

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