First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America

First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America

by Charles C. Haynes, Sam Chaltain, Susan M. Glisson
     
 

A rich and engaging exploration of the documents that illustrate the origins and development of First Amendment freedoms in American history. Each document is introduced by a historical essay and reproduced in facsimile. Incorporating nearly 40 documents and spanning more than 300 years, First Freedoms is essential for students of American history.See more details below

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A rich and engaging exploration of the documents that illustrate the origins and development of First Amendment freedoms in American history. Each document is introduced by a historical essay and reproduced in facsimile. Incorporating nearly 40 documents and spanning more than 300 years, First Freedoms is essential for students of American history.

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"All high school libraries and university libraries should purchase this book. Highly Recommended."—Library Media Connection, starred review

VOYA - Walter Hogan
As noted scholar Nat Hentoff relates in his foreword, many Americans are quite ignorant about the First Amendment to the nation's Constitution. Containing five distinct rights-religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition-the First Amendment, a single sentence of less than fifty words, is one of the primary documents asserting the freedoms on which the United States was founded. Here its historical development is traced, beginning with seventeenth-century texts that preceded and inspired the amendment and continuing up to the present-day controversy over the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001. Each of thirty-seven chapters features a facsimile of a key document, introduced by a historical essay and accompanied by numerous supporting illustrations, some in color. The result is a fascinating tour of American legal and social history, through the Civil War, women's suffrage, the Scopes "monkey trial," and many other vital episodes in the continuing experiment with democracy. An extensive chapter on the creation of the First Amendment is accompanied by chapters on the closely related Fourteenth and Nineteenth Amendments. Many documents are shown in draft form, with handwritten corrections, including the First Amendment itself. Readers are shown how it was revised and merged by James Madison and other founding fathers from two earlier articles in a draft of what became the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Ideal for high school students, this richly illustrated compilation includes a chronology, classified booklists for further reading, an annotated list of Web sites, and index.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This volume presents a sequential history by telling the stories of the men and women who fought to obtain and retain freedoms that came to be guaranteed under the First Amendment. Among the personalities discussed are John Locke, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, David Walker, John Ross, Carrie Chapman Catt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Butler, John Scopes, and Luis Valdez. In the foreword, noted First Amendment activist Nat Hentoff makes a passionate connection between past and present issues related to free speech. The 37 chapters deal with topics such as religious freedom, the Sedition Act of 1798, the Fourteenth Amendment, limiting free speech in wartime, and the struggle for women's voting rights. The fight over evolution, religious liberty and the Pledge of Allegiance, McCarthyism and the challenge to free speech, freedom of the press, flag desecration, tax dollars and religious schools, and balancing freedom and security are also addressed. The writing is lively and interesting, the information is accurate, the photographs are captioned, and the quotations are well documented. A useful time line is appended. Recommendations for further reading, annotated Web sites, and a thorough index make this an excellent resource for all libraries, as well as enjoyable reading for history buffs.-Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195157505
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/14/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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