Freedom Of Speech

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In a field dominated by jargon-filled texts and march-of-progress treatments, this book presents an insightful introduction to freedom of speech, skillfully blending legal analysis with accounts of how staunchly contested historical, political, and cultural issues often influenced legal reasoning.

The volume traces the origins of the freedom in English law and its development through the founding of the United States, and examines how the unique struggles of 19th century ...

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Overview

In a field dominated by jargon-filled texts and march-of-progress treatments, this book presents an insightful introduction to freedom of speech, skillfully blending legal analysis with accounts of how staunchly contested historical, political, and cultural issues often influenced legal reasoning.

The volume traces the origins of the freedom in English law and its development through the founding of the United States, and examines how the unique struggles of 19th century Americans over such issues as political parties, slavery, women's rights, and economic inequality transformed this traditional English right into a distinctively American one. The book outlines the ways in which the U.S. Supreme Court became the prime interpreter of the meaning of free speech and introduces readers to current court rulings on the First Amendment. It also speculates about the political and legal developments likely to emerge in the new century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume may be just what high school government students need to follow the ongoing debate concerning censorship and freedom of speech … a very detailed and comprehensive index makes the title work as a reference tool. The book thoroughly explains and analyzes the subject."

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Library Media Connection

"Kersch's treatment of the topic of freedom of speech is at once sophisticated and nuanced, yet easily accessible to students and general readers … This splendid book is thoughtful, well written, and informative. It is highly recommended for public and academic libraries."

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American Reference Books Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576076002
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Series: America's Freedoms Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Origins and Early Development 41
3 The Twentieth Century 97
4 The Future of the Freedom of Speech 161
5 Key People, Cases, and Events 183
6 Documents 235
Chronology 349
Table of Cases 361
Bibliography 365
Index 371
About the Author 395
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