Deadly Censorship

Deadly Censorship

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On January 15, 1903, South Carolina lieutenant governor James H. Tillman shot and killed Narciso G. Gonzales, editor of South Carolinaa€™s most powerful newspaper, the State. Blaming Gonzalesa€™s stinging editorials for his loss of the 1902 gubernatorial race, Tillman shot Gonzales to avenge the defeat and redeem his a€œhonora€ and his reputation as a man who took bold, masculine action in the face of an insult. James Lowell Underwood investigates the epic murder trial of Tillman to test whether biting editorials were a legitimate exercise of freedom of the press or an abuse that justified killing when camouflaged as self-defense. This clasha€”between the revered values of respect for human life and freedom of expression on the one hand and deeply engrained ideas about honor on the othera€”took place amid legal maneuvering and political posturing worthy of a major motion picture. One of the most innovative elements of Deadly Censorship is Underwooda€™s examination of homicide as a deterrent to public censure. He asks the question, a€œCan a man get away with murdering a political opponent?a€ Deadly Censorship is courtroom drama and a true story. Deadly Censorship is a painstaking recreation of an act of violence in front of the State House, the subsequent trial, and Tillmana€™s acquittal, which sent shock waves across the United States. A specialist on constitutional law, James Lowell Underwood has written the definitive examination of the court proceedings, the statea€™s complicated homicide laws, and the violent cult of personal honor that had undergirded South Carolina society since the colonial era.Meriwether, Robert L. a€œPreston S. Brooks on the Caning of Charles Sumner. ... Nisbett, Richard E., and Dov Cohen. ... Paquette, Robert L., and Douglas R. Egerton. ... Reed, Thomas B. Reeda#39;s Rules: A Manual of General Parliamentary Law.

Title:Deadly Censorship
Author: James Lowell Underwood
Publisher:Univ of South Carolina Press - 2013-12-15

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