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The Resource An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America, edited by Mary M. Cronin

An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America, edited by Mary M. Cronin

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An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America
Title
An indispensable liberty
Title remainder
the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
edited by Mary M. Cronin
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Most Americans today view freedom of speech as a bedrock of all other liberties, a defining feature of American citizenship. During the nineteenth century, the popular concept of American freedom of speech was still being formed. In An Indispensable Liberty: The Fight for Freedom of Expression in the Nineteenth Century, contributors examine attempts to restrict freedom of speech and the press during and after the Civil War. The nine essays that make up this collection show how, despite judicial, political, and public proclamations of support for freedom of expression, factors like tradition, gender stereotypes, religion, and fear of social unrest often led to narrow judicial and political protection for freedom of expression by people whose views upset the status quo. These views, expressed by abolitionists, suffragists, and labor leaders, challenged rigid cultural mores of the day, and many political and cultural leaders feared that extending freedom of expression to agitators would undermine society. The Civil War intensified questions about the duties and privileges of citizenship. After the war, key conflicts over freedom of expression were triggered by Reconstruction, suffrage, the Comstock Act, and questions about libel. The volume's contributors blend social, cultural, and intellectual history to untangle the complicated strands of nineteenth-century legal thought. By chronicling the development of modern-day notions of free speech, this timely collection offers both a valuable exploration of the First Amendment in nineteenth-century America and a useful perspective on challenges to today's civil liberties."--
  • "This collection of eleven essays examines nineteenth-century legal and extralegal attempts to restrict freedom of speech and the press as well as the efforts of others to push back against those restrictions"--
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illustrations
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Literary form
non fiction
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Cronin, Mary M.
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  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of speech
  • United States
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An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America, edited by Mary M. Cronin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 295 pages
Isbn
9780809334728
Lccn
2015030165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)908376208
Label
An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America, edited by Mary M. Cronin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 295 pages
Isbn
9780809334728
Lccn
2015030165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)908376208

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