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The revolution in freedoms of press and speech, from Blackstone to the First Amendment and Fox's libel act, Wendell Bird.

Summary
This book discusses the revolutionary broadening of concepts of freedom of press and freedom of speech in Great Britain and in America in the late eighteenth century, in the period that produced state declarations of rights and then the First Amendment and Fox's Libel Act
Table Of Contents
The devising of narrow liberties of press and speech -- Blackstone's and Mansfield's narrow liberties of press and speech, and broad crimes of seditious libel and seditious words : summaries or misdescriptions of ancient common law? -- The crimes of seditious libel and seditious speech : political weapons for suppressing dissent in Britain and America? -- The emerging broad British view of freedoms of press and speech, before the colonial crisis -- The prevailing British view of freedoms of press and speech, in the decade before the American Revolution and declarations of rights -- The dominant British view of freedoms of press and speech, in the decade before Fox's Libel Act and America's Bill of Rights -- The emergence of expansive American views of freedoms of press and speech, before the colonial crisis -- Reasons for the spread of broad views of freedoms of press and speech in America, during and after the colonial crisis -- The prevailing broad view by the popular party of freedoms of press and speech, in the pre-Revolutionary decade before the American states' declaration of rights -- The dominant American view of freedoms of press and speech, in the decade leading up to ratification of the federal Bill of Rights -- The constitutional understanding of freedoms of press and speech, and of seditious libel, in discussions of state and federal Bills of Rights
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xvi, 391 pages)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9780197509203

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