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Between the Creel Committee on Public Information and the ascending J. Edgar Hover the progressives in the Democratic Party were pretty much driven out. The most Progressive thing Wilson did was to sign the Federal Reserve Act. The rest of his term in office was largely an eight year serial disaster.

The Committee on Public Safety turned public opinion strongly against Germans, including German Americans, and the Red Scare after WW I, along with the rise of the KKK took care of the Blacks and Jews. Wilson's dismissive attitude towards women alienated the Suffragettes and the imprisonment of Debs further sealed the deal with Socialists.

So there was no need for legislation about running from jail when the most prominent jail-bird was a socialist.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 06:09:45 PM EST
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