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Free Expression and Democracy in America: A History

Stephen M. Feldman


From the 1798 Sedition Act to the war on terror, numerous presidents, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and local officials have endorsed the silencing of free expression. If the connection between democracy and the freedom of speech is such a vital one, why would so many governmental leaders seek to quiet their citizens? This book traces two rival traditions in American culture—suppression of speech and dissent as a form of speech—to provide an unparalleled overview of the law, history, and politics of individual rights in the United States. Charting the course of free expression a ... More

Keywords: free expression, democracy, freedom of speech, individual rights, America, democratic government, women, African Americans, laborers, Supreme Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226240664
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226240749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Feldman, author