The Ever-Evolving Espionage Act w/ Sam Lebovic | American Prestige

50m | Jun 25, 2024

On this episode of American Prestige, Sam Lebovic, professor of history at George Mason University, joins Danny and Derek for a look at the Espionage Act of 1917 and its use over the years. In this first part of the discussion, they explore the dominant ideologies at the time of its inception, its implementation in cases from Eugene Debs to Herbert Yardley, the law’s effect on whistle-blowing, America’s burgeoning “secrecy regime”, how the interpretation shifted from the early years of the Act’s existence, and more through World War II.

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Sam’s book is State of Silence: The Espionage Act and the Rise of America's Secrecy Regime.

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