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Debs Daunted?

In 1918, the noted pacifist Eugene Debs made a speech condemning World War I and criticizing the persecution of persons charged with sedition in violation of the 1917 Espionage Act -- a speech which earned him a ten-year prison sentence.

On Christmas Day, 1921, he was pardoned by President Harding and released from prison: "It is the government," he bitterly remarked, "that should ask me for a pardon."

[Incredibly, while serving his time in a federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Debs ran for president in the 1920 election -- and won nearly a million votes!]

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