Clear and Present Danger podcast – Episode 18: Colonial dissent: blasphemy, libel, and tolerance in 17th century America

In 17th century colonial America, criticizing the government, officials, or the laws was punishable as seditious libel and could result in the cropping of ears, whippings, boring of the tongue, and jail time. Religious expression was also tightly controlled. Blasphemy was punishable by death in several colonies and religious dissenters such as Quakers were viciously … Continue reading Clear and Present Danger podcast – Episode 18: Colonial dissent: blasphemy, libel, and tolerance in 17th century America