Censorship (Global Issues) by Frank Caso

By Frank Caso

Censorship examines the heritage and present practices of censorship in 5 countries--the united states, Russia, China, Egypt, and Zimbabwe--and discusses key counterstrategies. This enlightening new quantity comprises proper fundamental resource files; info on tips on how to study and assessment assets; biographical details on vital figures whose lives have been, or are, associated with censorship; and a listing of U.S. and foreign corporations and corporations.

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As its name suggests, it dealt specifically with criticism of the war, the federal gov-­ ernment, the Constitution, the flag, and the armed forces, including their uniforms. The Senate voted in favor of the Sedition Act, 48 to 26, and the ­House of Representatives approved it by a nearly unanimous vote, 293 to 1. 11 Fewer people ­were actually prosecuted during the war under the Sedi-­ tion Act than under the Espionage Act. But the Sedition Act of 1918 was des-­ tined to play a greater role in stifling dissent during the next couple of years of peace.

14 Also known as the ­Demo­cratic-­Republican Party, it was the forerunner of the ­present­day Demo­cratic Party. 15 Jean ­O’Grady. “Laws of Public Worship, Speech, and the Press,” in Victorian Britain, An Encyclopedia, ed. by Sally Mitchell. , 1988, pp. 440–441. 16 Encyclopedia of World History, 2001. Available online. html​#c5p02637. Downloaded August 20, 2006. 19 2 = Focus on the United States Despite the guarantees of First Amendment freedoms, censorship has had a long, infamous history in the United States.

Among those imprisoned ­ were the anarchists Emma Gold-­ man and Alexander Berkman and the ­five-­time Socialist candidate for pres­ ident, Eugene Debs. While the tone for the arrests was set by the Justice Department under Attorney General Thomas Gregory, the tone of the vari-­ ous trials was set by a federal judiciary that was more than willing to broadly interpret dissent as a sign of disloyalty. Though the Supreme Court was more circumspect than the lower courts, it never struck down the Espionage Act of 1917 or the Sedition Act of 1918 as unconstitutional.

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