Emergence of a Free Press

Emergence of a Free Press

by Leonard W. Levy, Levy
     
 

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&Levy (former professor of constitutional law, Brandeis U.) revises and updates his 1960 Legacy of Suppression: Freedom and Speech and Press in Early America. He now believes that his original thesis that American legislatures were far more oppressive towards free speech than pre-constitutional common-law courts was overstated. Incorporating more attention toSee more details below

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&Levy (former professor of constitutional law, Brandeis U.) revises and updates his 1960 Legacy of Suppression: Freedom and Speech and Press in Early America. He now believes that his original thesis that American legislatures were far more oppressive towards free speech than pre-constitutional common-law courts was overstated. Incorporating more attention to actual press practice in this revision, he sees relatively more unfettered newspaper freedom, but he still supports his previous argument that the framers of the Constitution never intended to abolish the common law of seditious libel, contradicting the assertions of James Madison and numerous Supreme Court justices. This work is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
[Levy shows a] devotion to the most rigorous standards of restrained, careful scholarship.
— Harold M. Hyman
Henry Steele Commager
A wonderful combination of judiciousness and vigor.
American Historical Review - Harold M. Hyman
[Levy shows a] devotion to the most rigorous standards of restrained, careful scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195042405
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1985
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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