I think all men recognize that in time of war the citizen must surrender some rights for the common good which he is entitled to enjoy in time of peace. But, sir, the right to control their own government according to constitutional forms is not one of the rights that the citizens of this country are called upon to surrender in time of war.

Robert M. La Follette Sr.

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Original Citation

La Follette Sr., Robert M. "Free Speech in Wartime." Senate Meeting. 6 Oct. 1917. US Capitol Building, Washington, DC, USA. Address.

Current Citation

La Follette Sr., Robert M. Quoted in The Senate, 1789-1989. Written by Robert C. Byrd. U.S. Senate Historical Office, 1988.