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The First Amendment today

Dwight Teeter, a true scholar and true gentleman, left us a little more than a year ago. Those of us who were privileged to know him still miss both his wit and wisdom.

Several years ago Dwight did a series of videos for me about the First Amendment. We are going to repost some of those on JPROF.com.

The First Amendment today from Jim Stovall on Vimeo.

The nation seems to be in a state of perpetual war, and during times of crisis, individual freedoms are always in danger. Professor Dwight Teeter of the University of Tennessee discusses the state and strength of First Amendment freedoms today.

Other discussions of the First Amendment on JPROF.com:

How we got the First Amendment (video)

How did we get the First Amendment? from Jim Stovall on Vimeo.

University of Tennessee professor Dwight Teeter talks about how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution came about.

Other discussions of the First Amendment on JPROF.com:

Discussion questions for you and your students

  1. Does anything that Dr. Teeter says about the First Amendment surprise you?
  2. Many people have said the First Amendment is the first one in the Constitution because it is the most important. What does Dr. Teeter say about that?
  3. Why were the freedoms protected by the First Amendment not included in the original draft of the U.S. Constitution?
  4. Who were the Anti-Federalists? Can you name any of them?


Tennessee Journalism Series: The Devil and His Due

The Devil and His Due

James Gordon Bennett, the Penny Press, and the Beginnings of Modern Journalism

by Dwight L. Teeter

The Devil and His Due, Penny Press iBook cover imageHe looked demonic with his disconcerting glare. He was afflicted with extreme strabismus, resulting in wildly crossed eyes.

But despite his appearance, James Gordon Bennett succeeded mightily in journalism and in communication innovation. He came to be hated for his combativeness, for his journalistic sensationalism, and for his disdain for mid-19th century moral standards, but he set the pace toward modern media.

James Gordon Bennett symbolizes the most important era of modern journalism history: the Penny Press.

Many of the things that happened first during the Penny Press era have become the staples of today’s journalism: the dominance of non-partisan news; the emphasis on speed; new areas of reporting, including sports reporting; an expansion of readership to include working classes.

The list could go on. Much that is on that list began with James Gordon Bennett.

Bennett, a 27-year-old Scotsman with a university education in economics, arrived in the United States in 1822. He failed in repeated journalistic ventures in the U.S. before founding the New York Herald in 1835. Within six years, however, he rode the crest of the development of penny newspapers to wealth and power, becoming a leading editor of his time.  Bennett didn’t invent the penny press, but his success with the Herald made him a captain of the emerging newspaper industry.

This book takes up the context of the Penny Press facing Bennett in the 1830s and 1840s, considers the 21st century buzzword “media convergence” with a 19th century spin, and looks at some of Bennett’s enduring innovations—and those of a despised competitor, the even-more-famous Horace Greeley, who started his New York Tribune in 1841.

In this book, you’ll read about

• Benjamin Day and the Sun
• James Gordon Bennett and the Herald
• Horace Greeley and the Tribune
• The Nineteenth Century version of convergence

The book also contains a bonus chapter on the First Amendment.

The book can be found on the iBookstore here:


Tennessee Journalism Series: The First Amendment

The First Amendment

James Glen Stovall

Dwight L. Teeter

The First Amendment introduces students to the freedoms included in the First Amendment of the United State Constitution.

These five freedoms are religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

The First Amendment is an introductory text that gives students basic information about one of the most important documents in the world.

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/First-Amendment-Introduction-1/dp/1475022646/ref=la_B001ILOBBY_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355070360&sr=1-15

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/First-Amendment-ICONN-Journalism-ebook/dp/B0085UT38M/ref=la_B001ILOBBY_1_19_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351712629&sr=1-19

iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-first-amendment/id546681634?ls=1