Document 3A: "Mrs. O'Hare Held For Trial," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 31 July 1917, p. 10.

Introduction

      In early April 1917 Congress declared war on Germany and prepared to enter the war. On July 29, 1917 O'Hare was arrested at Devil's Lake, North Dakota and charged with violating the Espionage and Sedition Acts during her July 17th lecture in Bowman, North Dakota. O'Hare was the first prominent Socialist party member arrested. She maintained her innocence throughout her trial (see Document 3B). These brief articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reflect the minimal amount of mainstream newspaper coverage of O'Hare's trial and imprisonment. Local North Dakota papers and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered her trial, but larger, more distant papers did not.


MRS. O'HARE HELD FOR TRIAL
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Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of
Seditious Utterance in Dakota.

       FARGO, N.D. July 31-- Mrs. Kate Richards O'Hare, Socialist lecturer of St. Louis indicted by the Federal Grand Jury and arrested Sunday, yesterday pleaded not guilty to a charge of seditious utterances said to have been made in a speech at Bowman, N.D., recently, and was bound over in $1000 bail to the next session of the Federal Court at Bismark [sic] for trial.

 

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