ERIC Number: ED203336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
James Franklin and Freedom of the Press in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1717-1735.
Smith, Jeffery A.
The career of James Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's older brother, provides a case study in the use of polemics for a free press. A printer who actively courted controversy, Franklin found it necessary to use an unusual variety of strategies and justifications to evade or overcome potential legal, religious, and economic restraints. He demonstrated how far a printer could go in criticizing authority and in offending important segments of the population; but, more significantly, his publications articulated a broad libertarian press theory at an early point in the development of American journalism. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Franklin (James); Journalism History
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).