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Title: Censorship
Caption: Saturday Evening Post, May 5, 1917
Description: World War I marked the first time the United States utilized widespread censorship. In this, it copied heavily from the Britain, where strict censorship practices had been in place since the beginning of the war. In part, restrictions on speech and scrutiny of mail were a response to fears of German agents and saboteurs operating in Allied countries. This Saturday Evening Post article features a purported letter from a German saboteur in New York City describing his homemade bombs.
Catalog #: SEP 2
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