This site is about the 76 men and three women convicted of the crime of sedition in Montana in 1918 and 1919. The law they ran afoul of was possibly the harshest anti-speech law passed by any state in the history of the United States. Forty of those men — and one woman — served prison terms at the state penitentiary in Deer Lodge under sentences of up to 20 years. They were sent there for simply expressing their opinions — about President Wilson, about America’s entry into World War I, about the armed forces, or about some other government agency. One man was sentenced to 7 – 20 years for saying the wartime food regulations were a “big joke.” Others were convicted but only fined. A handful were found not guilty.