Perilous Times Free Speech in Wartime - From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism

ISBN-10: 0393327450

ISBN-13: 9780393327458

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Hailed As "the most important book of its kind since Zechariah Chafee Jr. first published his heralded Freedom of Speech in 1920," the much-lauded Perilous Times, in the words of Studs Terkel, is "must reading for every citizen interested in something called the First Amendment." Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times wrote that Perilous Times is "an important, indeed necessary book on freedom indispensable ... to the discovery and spread of political truth," and Bob Woodward proclaimed Perilous Times to be "a lively, masterful history--and reminder--of the essential role of the First Amendment during the stresses of war." Perilous Times incisively investigates the First Amendment in wartime like no previous book and, according to Elena Kagan, the dean of Harvard Law School, "promises to redefine the national debate on civil liberties and free speech."
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List price: $24.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 800
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor in the Law Schoool at the University of Chicago. From 1987 to 1993 he served as dean of the Law School, and from 1993 to 2002 he served as provost of the University of Chicago.�He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the American Law Institute.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: War Fever
"Congress Shall Make No Law ..."
The Lessons of History
The "Half War" with France: The First First Amendment
The Lyon of Vermont
On War Footing
"A Mere Bugbear"?
The Alien Acts: "All Is Darkness, Silence, Mystery, and Suspicion"
The Sedition Act of 1798: "Fraught with the Most Serious Mischiefs"
"The Reign of Witches"
The Trial of Matthew Lyon
The Trial of Thomas Cooper
The Trial of James Callender
"Persecutions and Personal Indignities"
"We Are All Republicans-We Are All Federalists"
"There Is No Such Thing as a False Idea"
Spadre Bluffs
The Civil War: Mr. Lincoln's First Amendment
"Spotty Lincoln"
"Abraham Africanus the First"
Clement Vallandigham and General Order No. 38
Abraham Lincoln and the Freedom of Speech
"Please Spare Me the Trouble"
Despot, Liar, Usurper, Thief, Monster, Perjurer, Ignoramus, Swindler, Tyrant, Fiend, Butcher, and Pirate
"Even at the Darkest Moments"
World War I: "Clear and Present Danger"?
A Mere "Slip of a Girl"
War Opponents: Jane Addams, Eugene V. Debs, and Emma Goldman
The Espionage Act of 1917
"A Divided, Fearful, and Intolerant Nation"
The Legal Context
Judges Bourquin, Amidon, and Hand
The Triumph of "Bad Tendency"
The Death of Free Speech: "What Is an Attempt?"
"Antiwar Expression ... Had Little Chance"
"The First Amendment Had No Hold on People's Minds"
The Sedition Act of 1918: "When Did It Become War upon the American People?"
The U.S. Supreme Court: "Clear and Present Danger"?
The Transformation of Justice Holmes: "I Hope I Would Die for It"
The Department of Justice: John Lord O'Brian and Alfred Bettman
The Red Scare of 1919-1920
"The Maturer Judgment of Posterity"
The Firebrand
World War II: "Nothing to Fear"?
To Avoid the Mistakes of the Past
The Dies Committee
The Smith Act and J. Edgar Hoover
"When Are You Going to Indict the Seditionists?"
"The American Hitler"
The Prosecution of William Dudley Pelley and the Sedition Act of 1798
The "Great Sedition Trial" of World War II
"A Dark Chapter in Our Record of the Last World War"
"No Official, High or Petty"
Aliens and Citizens
"A Jap's a Jap"
The "Ugly Abyss of Racism"
"We Now Know What We Should Have Known Then"
Murphy, Jackson, and Biddle
The Cold War: The First Amendment in Extremis
"Boy Wonder"
The Red Menace, 1945-1950
The Red Menace, 1950-1954
"Absolute" Loyalty
HUAC: "The Other Side of the Barricades"
HUAC: "On the Trial of the Tarantula"
The "Blond Spy Queen" and the Time Editor
Tail Gunner Joe
"So Reckless and So Cruel"
Francis Biddle and John Lord O'Brian Revisited
Dennis v. United States
June 17, 1957
"Paralysis Rather than Protest"
"How Would They Ever Learn Better?"
The Vietnam War: The Supreme Court's First Amendment
The Pacifist
The Roots of the Antiwar Movement
"I Don't Want Us to Get into That Dangerous Situation"
"A Movement Cannot Grow without Repression"
The 1968 Democratic National Convention: "A Scene from the Russian Revolution"
Days of Rage, Kent State, and May Day
"A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority" and the Law of Conspiracy
Radicalism on Trial: The Conspiracy Trial
"Expose, Disrupt and Otherwise Neutralize"
The Pentagon Papers
The Supreme Court and Vietnam: "The Perfect Ending to a Long Story"?
"The Government Has Misread the Times"
Conclusion: The Secret of Liberty
Can We Do Better?
The War on Terrorism
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