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From a loudmouth in a bar to a firebrand politician to Benjamin Franklin's own grandson, those victimized by the Sedition Act were as varied as the country's citizenry. But Americans refused to let their freedoms be so easily dismissed: they penned fiery editorials, signed petitions, and raised "liberty poles," while Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison drew up the infamous Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, arguing that the Federalist government had gone one step too far. Liberty's First Crisis vividly unfolds these pivotal events in the early life of the republic, as the Founding Fathers struggled to define America off the page and preserve the freedoms they had fought so hard to create.
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By Douglas on 01-07-17
well written, engaging and well researched, this is a book that will show you that the more things change, the more things stay the same. The same issues we face today, race, the economy, immigrants and freedom of speech, have been the bugbears of the American government from its inception. This is a fine account of the political struggles of the time.
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By Jerry on 05-06-17
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely! This is they type of book that should be taught in law classes. The history lesson is invaluable.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The entire story is a fascinating look into how this country was formed and a discussion as to the first amendment to the constitution. It also shows how little has changed in 200 years.
Any additional comments?
A great read! The information helped me see history in a new light!