Freedom of Speech: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution

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Overview

Although freedom of speech is regarded as a bedrock principle of American constitutionalism, the Supreme Court did not recognize it as a fundamental right worthy of strong constitutional protection until the middle of the 20th century. This work focuses on the core doctrines that constitute free speech jurisprudence. It provides a historical evolution of the doctrine and examines the key Supreme Court decisions affecting it.

This volume gives readers an analytical framework for understanding free speech jurisprudence. It takes a fresh approach to free speech methodology by breaking it into two accessible parts: substantive doctrines and procedural doctrines. This work includes informative background chapters on the history and theory of free expression. It also looks at the Supreme Court's struggle with subversive advocacy and its importance in protecting free speech.

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KEITH WERHAN is the Geoffrey C. Bible & Murray H. Bring Professor of Constitutional Law at Tulane Law School. He specializes in Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Administrative Law, and has written widely in those areas. Professor Werhan entered the practice of law in Washington, D.C., first with a private law firm and later with the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Table of Contents

Series foreword
Foreword
Ch. 1 A history of freedom of speech in the United States 1
Ch. 2 What makes freedom of speech special? 27
Ch. 3 The problem of subversive advocacy and the central meaning of freedom of speech 43
Ch. 4 The central organizing principles of free speech jurisprudence 69
Ch. 5 The codified first amendment 81
Ch. 6 The procedural first amendment 129
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