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  • May 28, 2023
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“Without (James) Buchanan, the country would be little different,” writes Neil King Jr. in a book soon to be released by HarperCollins. “Without (Thaddeus) Stevens, we would be a far different and lesser nation.”

On New Year’s night in Lancaster 200 years ago, illness felled one of the nation’s earliest practicing advocates of press freedom. Seventeen years earlier, William Dickson, editor of the Lancaster Intelligencer, had been jailed for libel. “O trumpery!” he proclaimed at the time. If he lay dy…

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