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By William E. Leuchtenburg

The yankee President is a captivating account of yankee presidential activities from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to invoice Clintons final evening in place of work in January 2001. William Leuchtenburg, one of many nice presidential historians of the century, portrays all of the presidents in a chronicle gleaming with anecdote and wit. Leuchtenburg bargains a nuanced review in their behavior in workplace, preoccupations, and temperament. His e-book provides numerous moments of excessive drama: FDR hurling defiance on the monetary royalists who exploited the terrible; ratcheting rigidity for JFK as Soviet vessels strategy an American naval blockade; a grievously wounded Reagan joking with nurses whereas combating for his existence. This publication charts the big progress of presidential strength from its lowly nation within the past due 19th century to the imperial presidency of the 20th. That amazing switch was once manifested either at domestic during times of innovative reform and overseas, significantly in international wars, Vietnam, and the battle on terror. Leuchtenburg sheds mild on presidents fighting with contradictory forces. stuck among protecting their popularity and executing their ambitions, many practiced deceits that form their snapshot at the present time. yet he additionally unearths how the country's leaders pulled off marvelous achievements worthwhile of the nation's pride.

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30 In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson pardoned those convicted, and in later years Congress repaid the fines that had been imposed under the act. ”32 Valuable speech would therefore be chilled. Despite the urging of Justices Hugo Black, William O. ”35 [ 17 ] u n i n h i bi t e d, robus t, a n d w i de - ope n Sullivan left many important questions open for future resolution: Who counts as a “public official”? What is the kind of “official conduct” to which the “actual malice” standard applies?

Most censorship in the United States has reflected general public sentiment, but the courts have never taken that into account in deciding whether censorship is permissible. Why is speech, as one form of human behavior among many, exempt from the usual rules of democracy? One might answer that the First Amendment protects “speech” and “press,” not eating, jogging, or driving. But, insofar as we want to have sound reasons for our decisions, we ought to look for an explanation beyond the text. Another question is: Why has the freedom of speech and press been [ 47 ] u n i n h i bi t e d, robus t, a n d w i de - ope n taken so far?

It is quite another thing to suggest that the Constitution imposes upon government the affirmative duty to make available to journalists sources of information not available to members of the public generally. 61 Four justices dissented. ”62 Decisions like Pell v. 63 But the most famous case on the newsgathering front, Branzburg v. Hayes (1972), was decided two years before Pell. 64 To journalists, confidentiality is a cornerstone of effective reporting, since anonymity is to leakers what robust protection against censorship is to speakers.

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