Download E-books The Struggle for Free Speech in the United States, 1872-1915: Edward Bliss Foote, Edward Bond Foote, and Anti-Comstock Operations (Studies in American Popular History and Culture) PDF
By Janice Ruth Wood
Passed in 1873, the Comstock Act banned 'obscene' fabrics from the mail with out defining obscenity, leaving it open to interpretation by way of courts that have been adverse to unfastened speech. Literature that mirrored altering attitudes towards sexuality, faith, and social associations fell sufferer to the Comstock Act and comparable nation legislation. Dr. Edward Bliss Foote turned one of the earliest participants convicted lower than the legislation after he mailed a brochure on birth-control tools. For the subsequent 4 a long time, Foote Sr. and his son, Dr. Edward Bond Foote, challenged the Comstock Act in Congress, legislatures, and courts and likewise provided own guidance to Comstock defendants. This publication chronicles the Footes’ fight, analyzing not only the efforts of those cruising champions of freedom of expression and women's rights, but in addition the bigger concerns surrounding loose speech and censorship within the Gilded Age of yank history.