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ERIC Number: ED203336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A