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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.
|Chronology of Events|
|2||The Alien and Sedition Act of 1798||19|
|3||The Abolitionist Movement||43|
|4||The Civil War||69|
|5||The Comstock Law||95|
|6||World War I and Its Aftermath||121|
|7||The Cold War and the "Red Menace"||147|
|8||The Civil Rights Movement||175|
|9||The Vietnam War||199|
|10||The Nazi March on Skokie||223|
|11||Political Correctness and Free Speech on Campus||245|