The Free Press Crisis Of 1800 Thomas Cooper S Trial For Seditious Libel Landmark Law Cases American Society

Author: Peter Charles Hoffer
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 0700617655
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The far-reaching Sedition Act of 1798 was introduced by Federalists to suppress Republican support of French revolutionaries and imposed fines and imprisonment "if any person shall write, print, utter or publish . . . scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States." Such a broadly and loosely defined offense challenged the freedom of the American press and gave the government the power to drag offending newspaper editors into court. The trial of Thomas Cooper in particular became an important showcase for debating the dangers and limits of the new law, one with great implications for both the new republic and federal constitutional law.

Cooper's trial has now been rescued from long neglect and illuminated by Peter Charles Hoffer, one our nation's preeminent legal historians. While most modern students of the Sedition Act regard it as an extreme measure motivated by partisan malice, Hoffer offers a much more nuanced view that weighs all the arguments and fairly considers the position of each side in historical and legal context.

Hoffer sets the stage by revisiting both the much better known 1735 trial of Peter Zenger and the subsequent fashioning of the First Amendment during the first meeting of the U.S. Congress.. He then describes the rise of political factions in the early republic, congressional debate over the Sedition Act, and Thomas Jefferson's and James Madison's Kentucky and Virginia Resolves. After a close reading of Cooper's allegedly seditious writings, Hoffer brings the trial record to life, capturing prosecution and defense strategies, including Cooper's attempt to subpoena President Adams and Federalist trial judge Samuel Chase's management of the prosecution from the bench. Long after the Federalists had departed the scene, echoes of the free-press crisis continued to roil American politics-reappearing in the debates over antislavery petitions, the suppression of dissent during the Civil War and two world wars, and most recently in the trials of suspected terrorists.

Hoffer's book is an authoritative review of this landmark case and a vital touchstone for anyone concerned about the role of government and the place of dissent in times of national emergency.


The Free Press Crisis Of 1800

Author: Peter Charles Hoffer
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ISBN: 9780700617647
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Examines the trial of journalist Thomas Cooper, which was the first major constitutional challenge to the Sedition Act of 1798 and an important showcase for debating the role of government and the place of dissent in times of national ...

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Author: Paul A. Sracic
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His is the first book to consider Rodriguez, tracing its progress from inception through appeal to provide a fascinating account of the legal maneuvering of the two sides--and a lesson in the limits of judicial solutions to discrimination ...

Slavery On Trial

Author: Jeannine Marie DeLombard
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807887738
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Jeannine Marie DeLombard examines how debates over slavery in the three decades before the Civil War employed legal language to "try" the case for slavery in the court of public opinion via popular print media.

Major Principles Of Media Law 2016

Author: Wayne Overbeck
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305686365
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The book is revised every year to include the most recent additions, developments, and changes in communication law.

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Author: Heather Paxson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520270185
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After reading this book, visiting a cheese counter will never be the same!”—Theodore C. Bestor, author of Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World “Anyone who loves cheese will find The Life of Cheese a fascinating read, ...

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Author: Kermit L. Hall
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195311892
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Reviews and discusses landmark cases heard by the United States Supreme court from 1803 through 2000.

Brave New Neighborhoods

Author: Margaret Kohn
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415944632
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Fighting for First Amendment rights is as popular a pastime as ever, but just because you can get on your soapbox doesn't mean anyone will be there to listen.

The Art Of Scandal

Author: Sean Latham
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199701784
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The Art of Scandal advances a relatively simple claim with far-reaching consequences for modernist studies: writers and readers throughout the early twentieth century revived the long-despised codes and habits of the roman ? clef as a key ...