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The Resource Liberty's first crisis : Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech, Charles Slack

Liberty's first crisis : Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech, Charles Slack

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Liberty's first crisis : Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech
Title
Liberty's first crisis
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Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech
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Charles Slack
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Libertys first crisis
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Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech
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eng
Summary
When the United States government passed the Bill of Rights in 1791, its uncompromising protection of speech and of the press were unlike anything the world had ever seen before. But by 1798, the once-dazzling young republic of the United States was on the verge of collapse: partisanship gripped the weak federal government, British seizures threatened American goods and men on the high seas, and war with France seemed imminent as its own democratic revolution deteriorated into terror. Suddenly, the First Amendment, which protected harsh commentary of the weak government, no longer seemed as practical. So that July, President John Adams and the Federalists in control of Congress passed an extreme piece of legislation that made criticism of the government and its leaders a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time. In Liberty's First Crisis, writer Charles Slack tells the story of the 1798 Sedition Act, the crucial moment when high ideals met real-world politics and the country's future hung in the balance. From a loudmouth in a bar to a firebrand politician to Benjamin Franklin's own grandson, those victimized by the Sedition Act were as varied as the country's citizenry. But Americans refused to let their freedoms be so easily dismissed: they penned fiery editorials, signed petitions, and raised "liberty poles," while Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison drew up the infamous Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, arguing that the Federalist government had gone one step too far. Liberty's First Crisis vividly unfolds these pivotal events in the early life of the republic, as the Founding Fathers struggled to define America off the page and preserve the freedoms they had fought so hard to create
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Recounting pivotal events in the early life of the republic, as the Founding Fathers struggled to preserve the freedoms they fought to create, the author tells the story of the 1798 Sedition Act, which made criticism of the government and its leaders a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time
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10395592
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Midwest
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Slack, Charles
Dewey number
973.4/4
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Alien and Sedition laws, 1798
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of the press
  • Kentucky and Virginia resolutions of 1798
  • United States
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adult
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Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech
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Liberty's first crisis : Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech, Charles Slack
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-324) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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rdacontent.
Contents
The road to sedition -- The jaws of power -- The fever breaks -- The parchment barrier
Control code
903583256
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780802123428
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Label
Liberty's first crisis : Adams, Jefferson, and the misfits who saved free speech, Charles Slack
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The road to sedition -- The jaws of power -- The fever breaks -- The parchment barrier
Control code
903583256
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780802123428
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.

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