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Children's LiteratureThis title provides a look at the history of the freedom of the press in the United States and the constitutional basis for this basic freedom. The book is divided into three major chapters: the first includes excerpts from works that provide a historical framework for the notion of a free press, the second contains significant Supreme Court rulings concerning freedom of the press, and the third spotlights current issues in regards to the freedom of the press. Many of the historical works in the first chapter are primary documents from the colonial period—and shortly thereafter—discussing the right of the press to be free from the control of government and the issue of what constitutes libel. Some of the important Supreme Court rulings in the second chapter include the Supreme Court's 1957 ruling that defined the scope of the freedom of the press and that obscenity is not a protected form of expression under the First Amendment. While the first two chapters mainly consist of primary-source documents, the last chapter contains secondary sources that argue the virtue of a free press, such as attorney Daniel Scardino's article arguing that the press should have the right to keep sources confidential. This book, part of the "Bill of Rights" series in which each book details a freedom spelled out in the Bill of Rights, should prove to be a valuable resource for high school students in History and Government. 2005, Greenhaven Press, Ages 14 to 18.