Freedom of Speech (Bill of Rights Series)

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-There is a tendency for books on this subject to focus on narrow aspects of the issues. This one is no exception. Four chapters cover "Free Speech in Early American History"; "Balancing Free Speech, Community Order, and National Security"; "Obscenity and Freedom of Expression"; and "Recent and Ongoing Controversies over Free Speech and the First Amendment." Nowhere is a correlation drawn between free speech and the freedom to read, which is unfortunate since book censorship is so prevalent in the United States. Students interested in the evolution of the First Amendment, and arguments on both sides of free-speech challenges such as hate crime, obscenity, and flag burning, will find the book useful. Most of the pieces are available through data sources, and the Supreme Court rulings may be accessed online and in numerous print sources. However, it is helpful to have these articles, speeches, and rulings collected in one concise source. A brief discussion of "The Origins of the American Bill of Rights" and a chronology and a brief description of "Supreme Court Cases Involving Freedom of Speech" since 1919 are appended. Neither the National Coalition against Censorship (NCAC) nor the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association is mentioned as a source for further research; both have high stakes in free-speech court cases and have outstanding Web sites. The information in this book may be helpful in shaping a research project, but students must understand that this book is a beginning and not an end.-Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737719291
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Bill of Rights Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 12
Chapter 1 Free Speech in Early American History
1 The Origins and Early Development of Free Speech in the United States 19
2 Free Speech Is the Great Bulwark of Liberty 25
3 Myths About America's Founders and Free Speech 29
4 Free Speech in the Nineteenth Century 33
Chapter 2 Balancing Free Speech, Community Order, and National Security
1 The Supreme Court Grapples with Free Speech and Sedition 45
2 The First Amendment Does Not Protect Subversive Speech 53
3 Free Speech Should Be Restricted Only in Cases of Clear and Present Danger 60
4 Arguing Hate Crime Laws and Free Speech Before the Supreme Court 65
Chapter 3 Obscenity and Freedom of Expression
1 The Supreme Court Defines Obscenity 78
2 There Should Be No Obscenity Exception to Free Speech 82
3 Censoring Indecency on the Radio Threatens Free Speech 85
Chapter 4 Recent and Ongoing Controversies over Free Speech and the First Amendment
1 Free Speech Is Under Attack in Post-9/11 America 95
2 Free Speech Is Not Under Attack in Post-9/11 America 99
3 Two Veterans Disagree over Whether Flag Burning Should Be Protected Speech 103
Appendix
The Origins of the American Bill of Rights 111
Supreme Court Cases Involving Freedom of Speech 114
For Further Research 119
Index 124
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