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An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America

Title
An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America / edited by Mary M. Cronin.
Publication
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2016]

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Additional Authors
Cronin, Mary M. (Mary Margaret)
Description
xii, 295 pages : illustrations; 24 cm
Subject
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Introduction / Mary M. Cronin and Sandra Davidson -- A press ablaze: violent suppression of abolitionist speech, press, petition, and assembly / Lee Jolliffe -- "Palpable injury": Abraham Lincoln and press suppression in the Civil War north / David W. Bulla -- Freedom of the press in a slave society at war: the Confederate Congress and others really did make no law / Debra Reddin van Tuyll -- Fight, fold, flip, or flee: the confederate press and enemy occupation, 1861-65 / Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Nancy McKenzie Dupont, and Joseph Hayden -- Disturbing the public peace: radical and conservative editors in the Reconstruction South / Erika J. Pribanic-Smith -- The rocky road to truth as a defense: libel construction in the Nineteenth Century / Sandra Davidson -- Keeping the light under the bushel: laws, mores, and reading / Paulette D. Kilmer -- No rights for the working man: laboring before the First Amendment had force / Jon Bekken -- Freedom of expression for women: the fight for suffrage and personal liberty / Lee Jolliffe, Paulette D. Kilmer, and Sandra Davidson -- The national defense association: liberal protector of free speech / Janice R. Wood -- David v. Massachusetts: expressive conduct and regulated liberty in the Nineteenth Century / Mary M. Cronin.
Call Number
JFE 16-7279
ISBN
  • 9780809334728 (pbk.)
  • 0809334720 (pbk.)
  • 0809334739
  • 9780809334735
LCCN
2015030165
OCLC
908376208
Title
An indispensable liberty : the fight for free speech in nineteenth-century America / edited by Mary M. Cronin.
Publisher
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2016]
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
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. "-- Provided by publisher.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Added Author
Cronin, Mary M. (Mary Margaret), editor.
Other Form:
Erscheint auch als: Druck-Ausgabe Bulla, David W.. An Indispensable Liberty . The Fight for Free Speech in Nineteenth-Century America
Research Call Number
JFE 16-7279
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