Lawyer for The Masses: The Role of Gilbert Roe in Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten

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50 Ariz. St. L.J. 747 (2018). Eric B. Easton.

Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten is justly celebrated for the courageous, if futile, opinion of Judge Learned Hand. The Masses itself is justly celebrated for its courageous, if futile, opposition to American involvement in World War I. Gilbert Ernstein Roe, lawyer for The Masses, who both influenced Hand’s decision and contributed to the magazine’s brief survival, has most unjustly never been celebrated and is all but unknown today. Who was Gilbert Roe? And what was his role in that famous Espionage Act case of a century ago?

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