Guardians of Liberty
Freedom of the Press and the Nature of News
Guardians of Liberty explores the essential and basic American ideal of freedom of the press. Allowing the American press to publish—even if what they’re reporting is contentious— without previous censure or interference by the federal government was so important to the Founding Fathers that they placed a guarantee in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Citing numerous examples from America’s past, from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement to Obama’s and Trump’s presidencies, Linda Barrett Osborne shows how freedom of the press has played an essential role in the growth of this nation, allowing democracy to flourish. She further discusses how the freedoms of press and speech often work side by side, reveals the diversity of American news, and explores why freedom of the press is still imperative to uphold today. Includes endnotes, bibliography, and index
Praise For Guardians of Liberty: Freedom of the Press and the Nature of News…
— New York Times Book Review
"Deeply researched and beautifully written, Guardians of Liberty enlightens and entertains readers of any age."
— Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for the Washington Post
“A free society cannot function without a free press, and Osborne explains this very effectively in this thorough, comprehensive look at the history of freedom of the press in the U.S. . . a very valuable book.”
— Maxwell King, former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and president of the Pittsburgh Foundation
"An eloquent and comprehensive history of press freedom. . . a great resource volume as well as a darn good read!”
— Jen Bryant, author and winner of a Robert F. Sibert Medal
“A masterful history of press freedom in America."
— Don Brown, author and winner of a Robert F. Sibert Honor
"Offers an excellent foray into the hows and whys of U.S. press freedom, beginning just prior to nationhood. . .Timely, essential reading."
— Kirkus Reviews
" [An] informative, timely resource."
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419736896, 208pp.
Publication Date: August 18, 2020