Debs, Undaunted

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.

Debs, undaunted, ran a presidential campaign as Convict 2273 from a federal penitentiary in Atlanta -- and received nearly a million votes in the 1920 election.

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