Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - History - 730 pages
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Geoffrey Stone's incisively investigates how the First Amendment and other civil liberties have been compromised in America during wartime. Stone delineates the consistent suppression of free speech in six historical periods from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the Vietnam War, and ends with a coda that examines the state of civil liberties in the Bush era. Full of fresh legal and historical insight, magisterially presents a dramatic cast of characters who influenced the course of history over a two-hundred-year period: from the presidents—Adams, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Nixon—to the Supreme Court justices—Taney, Holmes, Brandeis, Black, and Warren—to the resisters—Clement Vallandingham, Emma Goldman, Fred Korematsu, and David Dellinger. Filled with dozens of rare photographs, posters, and historical illustrations, is resonant in its call for a new approach in our response to grave crises.
 

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Review: Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism

User Review  - Tauheedah Najee-ullah - Goodreads

This was a REALLY good book. Show just how much is left out of "conventional" history (ever notice the difference between your 5th grade history lesson and what's being taught today?). A must read for ... Read full review

Review: Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism

User Review  - Elliot Schott - Goodreads

An engaging analysis of American history during times of conflict. If anyone thought the Bush Administration during War on Terror was the greatest silencing of Free Speech, they need the perspective ... Read full review

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Page 11 - It has been well observed that such utterances are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, and are of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality.

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Geoffrey R. Stone, the Harry Kalven, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, was dean of the law school from 1987 to 1993. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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