World War I Anti-Draft Pamphlet

Charles Schenck1917

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

“Help us wipe out this stain upon the Constitution!” Charles Schenck, a Socialist Party leader in Philadelphia, distributed this leaflet to encourage repeal of the draft. Schenck was arrested for violating the Espionage Act, a law that restricted individuals from undermining the war effort. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld his conviction.


  • Title: World War I Anti-Draft Pamphlet
  • Creator: Charles Schenck
  • Date Created: 1917
  • Original Source: U.S. National Archives
  • Rights: National Archives, Washington, DC

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