Defining Documents in American History: The Free Press, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1642652865
  • ISBN-13: 9781642652864
  • DDC: 342.730853
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released February 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Over the years, the First Amendment has been argued from the public square to the Supreme Court. The free press has had some remarkable effects on our history. In this two-volume set, we examine both the history and the current state of the free press, through in-depth chapters that provide a thorough commentary of significant primary source documents, including: Libel case against Peter Zenger (New York Weekly Journal); The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; Thomas Carlyle in his book On Heroes and Hero Worship; United States vs. PFC Bradley E. Manning; Branzburg v. Hayes; New York Times Co. v. United States (Pentagon Papers); Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (school papers, 1968); Obsidian Finance Group, LLC v. Cox (when a blogger can be sued); and Networked Fourth Estate by Yochai Benkler. Includes these helpful subheads that guide the reader: Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Publisher's Note.
Editor's Introduction.
Complete List of Contents.
Liberty, Speech, and the Printed Word in Early Debates.
1: From Areopagitica.
2: Cato's Letters: Of Freedom of Speech.
3: John Peter Zenger Trial Transcript.
4: James Madison on the Sedition Act of 1798.
5: Debates over the Circulation of “Incendiary Publications”.
Muckraking, Yellow Journalism, War, Sedition, and More.
6: From How the Other Half Lives.
7: The Sinking of the USS Maine.
8: Lincoln Steffens: “The Shame of Minneapolis”.
9: From The Jungle.
10: Jane Addams: “Passing of the War Virtues”.
11: Eugene V. Debs: Antiwar Speec.
12: Remarks by Scott Nearing at His Trial.
13: The Sedition Act of 1918.
14: Schenck v. United States.
15: Abrams v. United States.
16: Gitlow v. New York.
17: The Press Under a Free Government.
18: Near v. Minnesota.
19: A Free and Responsible Press.
20: Smith-Mundt Act.
21: Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
22: William Faulkner's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.