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The Ever-Evolving Espionage Act

On this episode of American Prestige, Sam Lebovic on America’s burgeoning secrecy regime.

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The Ever-Evolving Espionage Act w/ Sam Lebovic | American Prestige
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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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State of Silence: The Espionage Act and the Rise of America’s Secrecy Regime.

On this episode of American Prestige, Sam Lebovic, professor of history at George Mason University, joins us 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 whistleblowing, America’s burgeoning “secrecy regime,” how the interpretation shifted from the early years of the act’s existence, and more through World War II.

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

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The Rise and Fall of the American Constitutional Model with Aziz Rana | American Prestige
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This week on American Prestige, hosts Derek Davison and Danny Bessner welcome back to the program Aziz Rana, the incoming J. Donald Monan, S.J., professor of law and government at Boston College, for a multi-part discussion about how Americans came to revere the Constitution and the worldwide implications.

In this episode, the group discusses the latest Supreme Court ruling as of the recording date (Trump v. Anderson), how America’s treatment of its constitution compares with those of other nations, the Constitution’s development in the country’s first century, debates around the document in the Civil War and Reconstruction, and more through the end of the 19th century.

You can grab a copy of the book inspiring this series, The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails Them.

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Derek Davison

Derek Davison is a writer and analyst specializing in international affairs and US foreign policy. He is the publisher of the Foreign Exchanges newsletter, cohost of the American Prestige podcast, and former editor of LobeLog.

Daniel Bessner

Daniel Bessner is an historian of US foreign relations, and cohost of American Prestige, a podcast on international affairs.

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