“Must Liberty’s Light Go Out?”


National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

This editorial cartoon contains powerful commentary on the proposed bill to forbid interference with the war effort. In the illustration, an arm labeled "Espionage Bill" snatches the torch of "Enlightenment" from Lady Liberty—hinting at the bill's potential violations of civil liberties. Despite strong public outcry, Congress passed the bill one month later.



  • Title: “Must Liberty’s Light Go Out?”
  • Date Created: 1917
  • Subject Keywords: World War I, Espionage Act
  • Original Source: Library of Congress
  • Rights: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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