Buy Used
+ £2.80 delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by rbmbooks
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Used, good: average wear, reasonable shape, may have limited notes and/or highlighting. Delivered in 10-12 business days from the USA. Money-back guarantee.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent Hardcover – 23 May 2008

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
£60.97 £16.00
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Only on Amazon: One product for every need Only on Amazon: New Releases

Product details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (23 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674027922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674027923
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,920,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description


Freeberg has written an exhaustive account of the three-year campaign to free Debs from federal custody while the nation struggled over civil rights and government power in the last days of the Wilson administration, which included the notorious "Palmer Raids" on suspected dissidents.--Bob Hoover"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" (04/19/2009)


In 1920, socialist leader Eugene V. Debs ran for president while serving a ten-year jail term for speaking against America's role in World War I. Though many called Debs a traitor, others praised him as a prisoner of conscience, a martyr to the cause of free speech. Nearly a million Americans agreed, voting for a man whom the government had branded an enemy to his country.In a beautifully crafted narrative, Ernest Freeberg shows that the campaign to send Debs from an Atlanta jailhouse to the White House was part of a wider national debate over the right to free speech in wartime. Debs was one of thousands of Americans arrested for speaking his mind during the war, while government censors were silencing dozens of newspapers and magazines. When peace was restored, however, a nationwide protest was unleashed against the government's repression, demanding amnesty for Debs and his fellow political prisoners. Led by a coalition of the country's most important intellectuals, writers, and labor leaders, this protest not only liberated Debs, but also launched the American Civil Liberties Union and changed the course of free speech in wartime.The Debs case illuminates our own struggle to define the boundaries of permissible dissent as we continue to balance the right of free speech with the demands of national security.

In this memorable story of democracy on trial, Freeberg excavates an extraordinary episode in the history of one of America's most prized ideals.

See all Product description

No customer reviews

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews on 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
Charles Crittenden
5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent discussion of Eugene Debs
13 November 2015 - Published on
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful.
4.0 out of 5 starsProgress for the First Amendment
13 July 2010 - Published on
Verified Purchase
10 people found this helpful.
John Hudson
5.0 out of 5 starsFirst Amendment and Eugene Debhs
14 May 2017 - Published on
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful.
Mark P. Pellegrin
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best books I've read in the last five years
12 July 2015 - Published on
Verified Purchase
5 people found this helpful.
Eric Schatmeier
4.0 out of 5 starsA little-told episode in American history that threatened the future ...
18 February 2018 - Published on
Verified Purchase

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?