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Defense of Freedom of the Press 1801  

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An enquiry, concerning the liberty, and licentiousness of the press, and the uncontroulable nature of the human mind : containing an investigation of the right which government have to controul the free expression of public opinion, addressed to the people of the U. States
Thomson, John
New York
Printed by Johnson & Stryker

84 pp. (8vo) 22.7x14.5 cm (9x5½), disbound from larger volume with remains of stitching on spine, recently resewn. First Edition.

First and only edition of one of the classic early American texts on freedom of the press and individual freedom in general. Thomson writes in opposition to the sedition law, which he focuses as an attack on the freedom of the press. The sedition law was one of the "alien and sedition" acts passed by the Federalist congress in 1798 to curb the influence of Jefferson's Republican (now Democratic) party. These laws, which among other features included new powers to deport foreigners as well as making it harder for new immigrants to vote, so turned the public against the Federalists that they lost the election of 1800 and were replaced by Jefferson and his supporters. Sabin 95584; Shaw & Shoemaker 1409

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Some darkening and light foxing to text, wear to upper corners of early leaves with minor loss not affecting text, instamped number to upper right of title-page; title page a bit soiled; recently resewn else very good overall. Page edges untrimmed.
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