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ERIC Number: ED072487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 10
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William Pitt and the Rhetoric of Repression.
Measell, James S.
Attempts by governmental powers to suspend the right to Habeas Corpus have occurred from time to time throughout English and American history. This study discusses one such successful attempt, engineered by William Pitt the Younger, then prime minister, in 1794. Pitt's success in gaining suspension of this writ and passage of the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act is attributed to his establishment of a "rhetoric of repression" within a political climate of repression. Pitt's role in this rhetoric of repression is scrutinized. The author's discussion is guided by the following questions: (1) What was the climate of repression in which Pitt's rhetoric of repression found favor? (2) What were the characteristics of Pitt's rhetoric of repression, especially as manifest in the debate on the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act of 1794? (3) Was Pitt's rhetoric of repression justified? (Author/LG)
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