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What the Abolition of the British Slave Trade Can Teach Us About Free Speech

Adam Hochschild's bestselling 2005 book, Bury the Chains, describes the great debate in the British parliament regarding the abolition of the slave trade (not of slavery itself) in April 1792. It's a historical moment that has fascinating relevance for the debates over "free speech" in the US today.  Read more.

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