John Wilkes

The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty

Author: Arthur Cash

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300133097

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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One of the most colorful figures in English political history, John Wilkes (1726–97) is remembered as the father of the British free press, defender of civil and political liberties, and hero to American colonists, who attended closely to his outspoken endorsements of liberty. Wilkes’s political career was rancorous, involving duels, imprisonments in the Tower of London, and the Massacre of St. George’s Fields in which seven of his supporters were shot to death by government troops. He was equally famous for his “private” life—a confessed libertine, a member of the notorious Hellfire Club, and the author of what has been called the dirtiest poem in the English language. This lively biography draws a full portrait of John Wilkes from his childhood days through his heyday as a journalist and agitator, his defiance of government prosecutions for libel and obscenity, his fight against exclusion from Parliament, and his service as lord mayor of London on the eve of the American Revolution. Told here with the force and immediacy of a firsthand newspaper account, Wilkes’s own remarkable story is inseparable from the larger story of modern civil liberties and how they came to fruition.
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John Wilkes

The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty

Author: Arthur Hill Cash

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300123630

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 482

View: 938

A highly entertaining biography of the incredible John Wilkes, champion of liberty and irrepressible libertine. "It is difficult to believe that John Wilkes, a notorious womanizer and scandal-monger, was a genuine hero of civil liberties and political democracy on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 18th century, but hero he was and in this engaging book Arthur Cash gives Wilkes the serious treatment he has long deserved."—Eric Foner, Columbia University “[A] superb biography. . . . After finishing the last page I turned back to the beginning in order to enjoy it all over again.”—Tom Hodgkinson, Independent on Sunday “Informative and enjoyable. . . . So well researched, so full of fascinating detail, . . . so delightfully buoyant.” - John Barrell, London Review of Books
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John Wilkes

The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty

Author: Arthur Hill Cash

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300108712

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 482

View: 3460

A highly entertaining biography of the incredible John Wilkes, champion of liberty and irrepressible libertine
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On Civil Liberty and Self-Government

Author: Francis Lieber,HardPress

Publisher: Hardpress Publishing

ISBN: 9781313757690


Page: 582

View: 9719

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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When London Was Capital of America

Author: Julie Flavell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300178135

Category: History

Page: 305

View: 4922

Benjamin Franklin secretly loved London and in the decade before the outbreak of the American Revolution, thousands of his fellow colonists flocked to the city. This book recreates the city's hey day as the centre of an empire that encompassed North America and the West Indies.
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Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment

Author: John R. Vile,David Hudson

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1604265892

Category: Law

Page: 367

View: 4013

Presents the political, historical, and cultural significance of the Fourth Amendment.
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Life of Adam Smith

Author: John Rae

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775417131

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 727

View: 2281

Learn more about Adam Smith, the groundbreaking philosopher who played an important role in originating the study of economics and gave us many of the concepts that still govern the market today. Written by John Rae, this biography details Smith's early life in Scotland and his later rise to academic renown, as well as the events and influences that led him to produce masterworks like The Wealth of Nations.
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Andrew Carnegie

Author: David Nasaw

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143112440

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 878

View: 4122

Chronicles the life of the iconic business titan from his modest upbringing in mid-1800s Scotland through his rise to one of the world's richest men, offering insight into his work as a peace advocate and his motivations for giving away most of his fortune.
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A.W.N. Pugin

Master of Gothic Revival

Author: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin,Paul Atterbury

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300066562

Category: Architecture

Page: 415

View: 1186

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) was one of the most influential architects and designers of the nineteenth century. This catalogue and the exhibition it accompanies establish Pugin as a figure of worldwide significance. He is little known in the United States, but his ideas and the styles he created are the basis for the Gothic Revival in America. This most characteristic and dynamic style to emerge in the nineteenth century became synonymous with the period as a whole. The objects in the exhibition reflect Pugin's pioneering diversity as a product designer and the modernity of his design principles. Ten essays and their illustrations have been prepared by scholars of international stature. They show the development of pre-Pugiman Gothic, underline the revolutionary nature of Pugin's role in the history of architecture and design, and reflect his status now as an international figure. A. W. N. Pugin: Master of Gothic Revival was held at The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York, from November 9, 1995 to February 25, 1996.
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

Author: Sir John Hawkins

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820344273

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 5732

This is the first and only scholarly edition of Sir John Hawkins’s Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., a work that has not been widely available in complete form for more than two hundred years. Published in 1787, some four years before James Boswell's biography of Johnson, Hawkins's Life complements, clarifies, and often corrects numerous aspects of Boswell's Life. Samuel Johnson (1709-84) is the most significant English writer of the second half of the eighteenth century; indeed, this period is widely known as the Age of Johnson. Hawkins was Johnson's friend and legal adviser and the chief executor of his will. He knew Johnson longer and in many respects better than other biographers, including Boswell, who made unacknowledged use of Hawkins's Life and helped orchestrate the critical attacks that consigned the book to obscurity. Sir John Hawkins had special insight into Johnson's mental states at various points in his life, his early days in London, his association with the Gentleman's Magazine, and his political views and writings. Hawkins's use of historical and cultural details, an uncommon literary device at the time, produced one of the earliest "life and times" biographies in our language. The Introduction by O M Brack, Jr., covers the history of the composition, publication, and reception of the Life and provides a context in which it should be read. Annotations address historical, literary, and linguistic uncertainties, and a full textual apparatus documents how Brack arrived at this definitive text of Hawkins's Life.
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The Culture of the Seven Years' War

Empire, Identity, and the Arts in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Author: Frans de Bruyn,Shaun Regan

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442696354

Category: History

Page: 372

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The Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) was the decisive conflict of the eighteenth century – Winston Churchill called it the first “world war” – and the clash which forever changed the course of North American history. Yet compared with other momentous conflicts like the Napoleonic Wars or the First World War, the cultural impact of the Seven Years’ War remains woefully understudied. The Culture of the Seven Years’ War is the first collection of essays to take a broad interdisciplinary and multinational approach to this important global conflict. Rather than focusing exclusively on political, diplomatic, or military issues, this collection examines the impact of representation, identity, and conceptions and experiences of empire. With essays by notable scholars that address the war’s impact in Europe and the Atlantic world, this volume is sure to become essential reading for those interested in the relationship between war, culture, and the arts.
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It's a Free Country

Personal Freedom in America After September 11

Author: Danny Goldberg,Victor S. Goldberg,Robert Greenwald

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 9780971920606

Category: History

Page: 362

View: 6786

A thought-provoking analysis of the attacks on civil liberties following the terrorist attacks on September 11 features essays by Cornel West, Michael Moore, Patti Smith, Tom Hayden, Matt Groening, Robert Scheer, Maxine Waters, Jerrold Nadler, and many others dealing with a wide range of related issues. Original.
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More Essential than Ever

The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty First Century

Author: Stephen J. Schulhofer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199753229

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 9209

When the states ratified the Bill of Rights in the eighteenth century, the Fourth Amendment seemed straightforward. It requires that government respect the right of citizens to be "secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." Of course, "papers and effects" are now digital and thus more vulnerable to government spying. But the biggest threat may be our own weakening resolve to preserve our privacy. In this potent new volume in Oxford's Inalienable Rights series, legal expert Stephen J. Schulhofer argues that the Fourth Amendment remains, as the title says, more essential than ever. From data-mining to airport body scans, drug testing and aggressive police patrolling on the streets, privacy is under assault as never before--and we're simply getting used to it. But the trend is threatening the pillars of democracy itself, Schulhofer maintains. "Government surveillance may not worry the average citizen who reads best-selling books, practices a widely accepted religion, and adheres to middle-of-the-road political views," he writes. But surveillance weighs on minorities, dissenters, and unorthodox thinkers, "chilling their freedom to read what they choose, to say what they think, and to associate with others who are like-minded." All of us are affected, he adds. "When unrestricted search and surveillance powers chill speech and religion, inhibit gossip and dampen creativity, they undermine politics and impoverish social life for everyone." Schulhofer offers a rich account of the history and nuances of Fourth Amendment protections, as he examines such issues as street stops, racial profiling, electronic surveillance, data aggregation, and the demands of national security. The Fourth Amendment, he reminds us, explicitly authorizes invasions of privacy--but it requires justification and accountability, requirements that reconcile public safety with liberty. Combining a detailed knowledge of specific cases with a deep grasp of Constitutional law, More Essential than Ever offers a sophisticated and thoughtful perspective on this important debate.
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The Gordon Riots

Politics, Culture and Insurrection in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain

Author: Ian Haywood,John Seed

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052119542X

Category: History

Page: 273

View: 9873

A new and controversial perspective on the causes, personalities and consequences of the most devastating urban riots in British history.
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The State of the Nation

Author: Fali S. Nariman

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9381398402

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 404

View: 7805

A definitive, analytical and meticulous account of the present state of the nation – from a constitutional perspective – by one of India’s most respected legal luminaries An ardent defender of the Constitution of India, Fali Nariman has today attained the status of an outstanding lawyer who strongly believes in the rule of the law and stands by his convictions. In this timely volume, the author highlights crucial issues that the legislature, the executive, judiciary, the bar and the common people have to deal with virtually on a day-to-day basis. His main focus is on corruption at various levels and in ‘hallowed’ institutions, including the judiciary. The author contends that the legislative and executive wings of the government – the elected representatives of the people – were (and are) expected to provide for the welfare of the people. He points out that they have failed miserably simply because making of laws is not enough; applying and enforcing laws – which are also the primary duties of the government – have left much to be desired. Consequently, it is the judiciary that tells the government when and how to distribute excess food, what crops to grow and what not to grow, which economic projects are good for the country and which are not, and what fuel should be used in our vehicles and whether 2G/3G licences should be allotted only through auctions! The judiciary is hence accused of overreach! The contents also throw light on other important subjects such as: the implications of reservations for certain sections of the population (including minorities); the true purpose and significance of the Constitution; Centre–State relations; and whether the Constitution has benefited the common people over the years. This is a book that is absorbing as well as thought-provoking that will make the readers put on their thinking caps.
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Civic Myths

A Law-and-literature Approach to Citizenship

Author: Brook Thomas

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807831530

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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As questions of citizenship generate new debates for this generation of Americans, Thomas argues for revitalizing the role of literature in civic education. He considers 4 case studies in which individuals are presented in literature as "the good citizen,
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The Facts of Life

The Creation of Sexual Knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950

Author: Roy Porter,Lesley A. Hall

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9780300062212

Category: History

Page: 415

View: 799

This remarkable study presents the first detailed and scholarly analysis of the creation of sexual knowledge in Britain. Surveying the period between the mid-seventeenth and the mid-twentieth centuries, it examines the major texts which established and authorised sexual knowledge and sexual practices. Porter and Hall then explore the various kinds of backgroundssexual, moral, religious, scientific, medical, domestic, social and cultural - without which these texts are unintelligible. And they examine their authors (some famous, some obscure, some anonymous), their careers, and the motives for involvement in medico-moral campaigns that were often thought unsavoury and commonly led to criticism and censure. The Facts of Life also assesses the wider impact of the publication of sexual knowledge and especially of sex advice literature, and explores the interplay between expertise, therapy, social mores and behaviour. Chapters on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries discuss prostitution, contagious diseases and gender relations, and consider debates on sexual issues and associated revelations of personal experience.
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The Real Lives of Roman Britain

Author: Guy de la Bedoyere

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300207190

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 7281

An innovative, informative, and entertaining history of Roman Britain told through the lives of individuals in all walks of life
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