By Frederick S. Lane
A sweeping tale of the suitable to privateness because it sped alongside colonial postal routes, telegraph wires, and today’s fiber-optic cables on a collision direction with presidents and programmers, librarians and letter-writers.
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The primary concern was for the law’s impact on the First Amendment, but Webster also warned of its impact on personal privacy. An individual’s right to private papers, Webster said, including those delivered through the mail, was protected by every nation in the free world and should not be abridged in this one. S. Post Office to exclude officially disfavored materials from delivery through the mails, but his victory was more symbolic than substantive. In the absence of a specific prohibition by Congress, local postal authorities continued the practice of blocking the delivery of newspapers and other materials with which they disagreed or which they believed posed a threat to the safety and security of the United States (or themselves).
Post Office to exclude officially disfavored materials from delivery through the mails, but his victory was more symbolic than substantive. In the absence of a specific prohibition by Congress, local postal authorities continued the practice of blocking the delivery of newspapers and other materials with which they disagreed or which they believed posed a threat to the safety and security of the United States (or themselves). The practice would set a dangerous precedent in the years to come. Postal Politics, Purity, and Privacy A Ta l e o f T w o I n v e n t i o n s Just a few years after the heated debate over the Gag Bill, two remarkable technological innovations were introduced that would in time utterly reshape the boundaries of personal privacy.
Even before the ratification of the Constitution, the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, under the leadership of Benjamin Franklin, was working to abolish slavery in Pennsylvania, and similar societies eventually were organized in virtually every state. By 1804, slavery had been abolished throughout the northern United States, and the importation of new slaves was banned altogether as soon as legally possible on January 1, 1808. But the ban did nothing to free the men and women already enslaved in this country or the children born into bondage.
American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right by Frederick S. Lane