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This Day In History, Dec. 14, 1917 Kate Richards O'Hare was sentenced to five years�?? imprisonment for a speech denouncing WWI

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

On Dec. 14, 1917, U.S. peace activist and suffragist Kate Richards O'Hare was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for a speech denouncing WWI. Occupying a neighboring jail cell was Emma Goldman, the well-known anarchist organizer, feminist, writer and anti-war critic who was imprisoned for obstructing the draft. O'Hare was one of a number of prisoners Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs cited in his "Canton Speech" for which he in turn was imprisoned. He said: "The other day they sentenced Kate Richards O'Hare to the penitentiary for five years. The United States, under plutocratic rule, is the only country that would send a woman to prison for five years for exercising the right of free speech." Read more about her life and work: For a reading of Debs' speech from Voices of a People's History of the United States, see: Image: Kate Richards O'Hare addresses crowd in front of the St. Louis Court House on National Women's Suffrage Day, 2 May 1914. Photograph by the St. Louis Times, 1914. Missouri History Museum" target="_blank">From the Zinn Education Project

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