Freedom of speech in the early American republic
“The Sedition Act thrust freedom of expression to the center of discussions of American liberty.” Defend this statement. Does the controversy about whether it’s okay to criticize the government in a time of crisis relevant to the times we are living in right now? Be sure to include in your response a discussion of The Alien and Sedition Acts (July 6, 1798) https://services.wwnorton.com/aws/pdf?file=/wwnorton.college.public/history/am-docs/alien-sedition-acts.pdf and the Protest Against the Alien and Sedition Acts” in the Voices of Freedom.
• You do not need to make formal citations for the papers as you will NOT be using outside sources. Only use Foner and the documents. A simple parenthetical citation with the book(s) you used and the page number will be sufficient. Example: (Foner, p. 47) (Source Name) Again,
Outside sources are PROHIBITED.
• Avoid first person (“I”) statements.
• Watch your tenses! If it happened in the past, use the past tense.