Silencing the Opposition: Government Strategies of Suppression of Freedom of Expression / Edition 1

Silencing the Opposition: Government Strategies of Suppression of Freedom of Expression / Edition 1

by Craig R. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791430863

ISBN-13: 9780791430866

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Examines major challenges to the First Amendment using case studies of the various forms of governmental suppression in U. S. history.

This volume examines major challenges to the First Amendment using illustrative case studies of the various forms of governmental suppression in our history. Essays show that governmental forces have used rhetorical strategies

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Examines major challenges to the First Amendment using case studies of the various forms of governmental suppression in U. S. history.

This volume examines major challenges to the First Amendment using illustrative case studies of the various forms of governmental suppression in our history. Essays show that governmental forces have used rhetorical strategies in simple and sophisticated ways to silence opponents.By studying which strategies are effective, how they evolve, and how they are unmasked, we gain a better understanding to combat them in the future.

The case studies include the crisis surrounding the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, Abraham Lincoln's suspension of Habeas Corpus during the Civil War, the Radical Republican's revenge on he South during reconstruction, the marginalization of Native Americans throughout our history, the suppression of labor unions at the end of the nineteenth century, Senator Joseph McCarthy's allegations that the government had been infiltrated by Communists at the outset of the Cold War, and Lyndon Johnson's and Richard Nixon's strategies for silencing their opponents during the Vietnam War. The editor concludes the study by comparing and contrasting the various cases and the lessons that can be drawn from them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791430866
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
SUNY series in Communication Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.85(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Craig Smith

1. The Hamiltonian Federalists

Craig Smith

2. Lincoln and Habeas Corpus

Craig Smith and Stephanie Makela

3. The Radical Republicans

Craig Smith

4. Suppression of Native American Culture

Craig Smith, Karen Rasmussen, and Stephanie Makela

5. Silencing the Union Movement

Andrew Sachs

6. The McCarthy Era

Craig Smith

7. Vietnam: Press, Protest, and the Presidency

Sharon Downey and Karen Rasmussen

Conclusion

Craig Smith

Bibliography

Contributors

Index

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