Freedom of Expression

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 328 pages
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Freedom of expression is enshrined in the Constitution as a sacred right of the American people. The appeal is clear: Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. Yet the ink had barely dried on the Constitution before the first landmark freedom of expression issue exploded onto the scene. This student resource traces 11 such issues that have polarized the nation. These events show the variety, complexity, and intensity that freedom of speech and expression issues engender.

Magee illustrates how the United States has worked through these contentious periods with American citizens' freedoms remaining intact, if not enhanced. An annotated bibliography follows each issue to provide avenues for further research, and a timeline and general bibliography provide additional reference support.

 

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Contents

Historical Narrative
1
The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798
19
The Abolitionist Movement
43
The Civil War
69
The Comstock Law
95
World War I and Its Aftermath
121
The Cold War and the Red Menace
147
The Civil Rights Movement
175
The Vietnam War
199
The Nazi March on Skokie
223
Political Correctness and Free Speech on Campus
245
The Internet
275
Selected Bibliography
311
Index
317
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JAMES MAGEE is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.

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