Cooper, Thomas. A Treatise on the Law of Libel and the Liberty of the Press; Showing the Origin, Use, and Abuse of the Law of Libel: With Copious Notes and References to Authorities in Great Britain and the United States: As Applicable to Individuals and to Political and Ecclesiastical Bodies and Principles. Originally published: New York: G.F. Hopkins & Son, 1830. xxxviii, 184 pp. Reprinted 2002 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584771340; ISBN-10: 1584771348. Cloth, hardcover. New. $95. * Cooper [1759-1835] was an attorney, chemistry professor and influential Jeffersonian political pamphleteer who was, according to Dictionary of American Biography, "one of the first to sow the seeds of secession." DAB II: 415. His "passionate hostility to tyranny in any form" (DAB II: 415) is evident in this commentary on freedom of the press wherein he links the law of libel to the Sedition Act of 1798. During the six months he spent in prison for his objection to the Sedition Act he wrote the first treatise on American bankruptcy laws, The Bankrupt Law of America, Compared with The Bankrupt Law of England, which was published in 1801. See Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3445.
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