Smith Act of 1940

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The Smith Act of 1940 made it illegal to advocate the overthrow of the United States government by force, or to be involved with any such group. The law was used during the 1940's to imprison members of the Communist Party of the United States of America.

The act was named after its author Howard W. Smith, D. Virginia.[1]


References

  1. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000554