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Liberty's First Crisis Audiobook

Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech

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When the United States government passed the Bill of Rights in 1791, its uncompromising protection of speech and of the press were unlike anything the world had ever seen before. But by 1798, the once-dazzling young republic of the United States was on the verge of collapse: partisanship gripped the weak federal government, British seizures threatened American goods and men on the high seas, and war with France seemed imminent as its own democratic revolution deteriorated into terror. Suddenly, the First Amendment, which protected harsh commentary of the weak government, no longer seemed as practical. So that July, President John Adams and the Federalists in control of Congress passed an extreme piece of legislation that made criticism of the government and its leaders a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time. In Liberty's First Crisis, writer Charles Slack tells the story of the 1798 Sedition Act, the crucial moment when high ideals met real-world politics and the country's future hung in the balance.

From a loudmouth in a bar to a firebrand politician to Benjamin Franklin's own grandson, those victimized by the Sedition Act were as varied as the country's citizenry. But Americans refused to let their freedoms be so easily dismissed: they penned fiery editorials, signed petitions, and raised "liberty poles," while Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison drew up the infamous Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, arguing that the Federalist government had gone one step too far. Liberty's First Crisis vividly unfolds these pivotal events in the early life of the republic, as the Founding Fathers struggled to define America off the page and preserve the freedoms they had fought so hard to create.

©2015 Charles Slack. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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    well written, engaging and well researched, this is a book that will show you that the more things change, the more things stay the same. The same issues we face today, race, the economy, immigrants and freedom of speech, have been the bugbears of the American government from its inception. This is a fine account of the political struggles of the time.

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    The entire story is a fascinating look into how this country was formed and a discussion as to the first amendment to the constitution. It also shows how little has changed in 200 years.


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    I was shocked by this book. I loved this book it was so detailed on explaining a history that I did not know about before. I learned a lot about the First Amendment.

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