Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism

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Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism

Author: Geoffrey R. Stone
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 730
Cover Price: $ 23.95

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Stone incisively investigates how the First Amendment and other civil liberties have been compromised in America during wartime, from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the Vietnam War, ending with a coda that examines the state of civil liberties in the Bush era.

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Background Information

The First Amendment bestows on Americans the freedoms of speech and religion as part of the Bill of Rights. The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts by the Federalist administration of John Adams to silence its critics. The United States slid slowly into the position previously held by France in Indochina and became engulfed in a long war in Vietnam.