Freedom Of Expression

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313313844
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Series: Major Issues in American History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,471,206
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES MAGEE is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Chronology of Events
1 Historical Narrative 1
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
12 The Internet 275
Select Bibliography 311
Index 317
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