Albert Sidney Burleson
Dec, 1914
Albert Burleson was appointed Postmaster General by Woodrow Wilson in 1913. During World War I, Burleson strongly enforced the Espionage Act by ordering local postmasters to remove and send to him any illegal or suspicious material such as radical publications which included Socialist material. Anti-war material was banned from delivery. Clarence Darrow complained to President Wilson, who wrote a letter to Darrow on August 9, 1917. In the letter he told Darrow, "You may be sure I will try to work out with the Postmaster General some course with regard to the circulation of the Socialistic papers that will be in conformity with the law and good sense."
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