New PDF release: The Struggle for Free Speech in the United States,

By Janice Ruth Wood

Passed in 1873, the Comstock Act banned 'obscene' fabrics from the mail with no defining obscenity, leaving it open to interpretation via courts that have been antagonistic to loose speech. Literature that mirrored altering attitudes towards sexuality, faith, and social associations fell sufferer to the Comstock Act and comparable kingdom legislation. Dr. Edward Bliss Foote grew to become one of the earliest participants convicted less than the legislations after he mailed a brochure on birth-control equipment. For the following 4 a long time, Foote Sr. and his son, Dr. Edward Bond Foote, challenged the Comstock Act in Congress, legislatures, and courts and in addition provided own suggestions to Comstock defendants. This e-book chronicles the Footes’ fight, analyzing not only the efforts of those cruising champions of freedom of expression and women's rights, but additionally the bigger concerns surrounding unfastened speech and censorship within the Gilded Age of yank history.

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