D.M. Bennett, the Truth Seeker

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By Roderick Bradford

DeRobigne Mortimer Bennett (1818-1882) was 19th-century America's most controversial publisher and free-speech martyr. But Bennett's opposition to dogmatic religion and puritanical obscenity laws so infuriated Anthony Comstock, the US Post Office's 'special agent' and self-proclaimed 'weeder in God's garden', that the freethinking publisher was eventually prosecuted, subjected to a controversial and widely publicised trial, and finally imprisoned. Based on original sources and extensively researched, this in-depth yet accessible biography of D M Bennett offers a fascinating glimpse into the turbulent period of late 19th-century America - the Gilded Age, a time when our nation was controlled by pious politicians, powerful manufacturers, and censorious clergymen.