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The Revolution in Freedoms of Press and Speech: From Blackstone to the First Amendment and Fox's Libel Act

Wendell Bird

Abstract

This book discusses the revolutionary broadening of concepts of freedoms of press and speech in Great Britain and in America during the quarter century before the First Amendment and Fox’s Libel Act. The conventional view of the history of freedoms of press and speech is that the common law since antiquity defined those freedoms narrowly. In that view, Sir William Blackstone in 1769, and Lord Chief Justice Mansfield in 1770, faithfully summarized that common law in giving very narrow definitions of those freedoms as mere liberty from prior restraint and not as liberty from punishment after pri ... More

Keywords: freedom of press, freedom of speech, liberty of the press, First Amendment, First Amendment history, seditious libel, Blackstone, Lord Mansfield, Leonard Levy, Fox’s Libel Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197509197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197509197.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendell Bird, author
Visiting Scholar, Emory University School of Law

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Part I The Devising of Narrow Liberties of Press and Speech

Part II The British Broadening of Liberties of Press and Speech

Part III The American Development of Broad Rights of Press and Speech

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