The Chase Court
combined powerful rhetoric in favor of civil liberties with very little protection for civil liberties.
It will be useful to examine this topic by examining six eras of American history.
is a punishment option of the federal government in more than two thirds of states in the United States.
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury wrote about a world in which the responsibility of fire fighters was to burn books rather than to extinguish fires.
In the fourth volume of his famous Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in 1769, William Blackstone
argued that freedom of the press under the common law was limited to a prohibition on prior restraints.
The Constitution of 1787
did not contain a bill of rights, although it did have some protections for some civil liberties. The original Constitution prohibited ex post facto laws and bills of attainder, preserved the right of a jury trial in criminal
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America, there was homogeneity among Americans in that the majority were Protestant Christians, albeit of varied denominations.