James Madison and Freedom of Speech: Major Debates in the Early Republic

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In this book, Juhani Rudanko sheds important new light on James Madison's contributions to the debates on freedom of speech, during the formative period of 1789 to 1801 in the United States. When Madison proposed amendments that eventually formed the core of the Bill of Rights (June 8, 1789), the reaction from the Federalist party majority was initially hostile. Rudanko examines Madison's patterns of argumentation in eventually persuading the House of Representatives to proceed with consideration of the Bill of ...

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Overview

In this book, Juhani Rudanko sheds important new light on James Madison's contributions to the debates on freedom of speech, during the formative period of 1789 to 1801 in the United States. When Madison proposed amendments that eventually formed the core of the Bill of Rights (June 8, 1789), the reaction from the Federalist party majority was initially hostile. Rudanko examines Madison's patterns of argumentation in eventually persuading the House of Representatives to proceed with consideration of the Bill of Rights. The book also presents new insights on key debates of the Sedition Act, examining initial Federalist arguments when the Act was approved, July 1798, and identifies changes in those arguments soon afterwards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761828556
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Juhani Rudanko is Professor of English, University of Tampere, Finland, and author of The Forging of Freedom of Speech, (University Press of America, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Historical Background Chapter 4 James Madison and the Debate of June 8, 1789 Chapter 5 The Debate of July 21, 1789 Chapter 6 The Debate of August 13, 1789 Chapter 7 James Madison on Freedom of Speech in 1794 Chapter 8 The Federalist Triumph: The Sedition Act of 1798 Chapter 9 Change in Federalist Arguments: The Report of February 25, 1799 Chapter 10 Defining Freedom of Speech: Madison's Report of 1800 Chapter 11 The Federalist Attempt to Perpetuate the Sedition Act Chapter 12 Concluding Observations Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Author Biographical Sketch Chapter 15 Index

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