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

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

by Juhani Rudanko
     
 

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761828556
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
04/15/2004
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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