The Struggle for Student Rights: Tinker vs. Des Moines and the 1960s / Edition 1

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"Johnson's sensitive and perceptive treatment of Tinker should make all of us aware that teaching students to be good citizens requires far more than drilling them on facts and dates; it requires, as the Supreme Court noted, that we teach democracy by example. This book ought to be required reading for anyone interested in the connection between democracy and education."—Melvin I. Urofsky, author of A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States

"Johnson tells a fascinating story embedded in a rich guide to federal courts at work. Give this book to everyone you know who is in high school or was recently there."—Linda K. Kerber, author of Toward an Intellectual History of Women

"An immensely readable legal history of a landmark Supreme Court ruling and a compelling and intensely personal story about the lives and beliefs of the central figures in the case. A major contribution."—Melvin Small, author of Covering Dissent: The Media and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement

"A careful and readable study of the first major Supreme Court decision to protect students' freedom of expression from school boards' strict local control."—Paul L. Murphy, author of World War I and the Origin of Civil Liberties in the United States

Author Bio: John W. Johnson is professor of history and department chair at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia and other works.

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An account of a free speech controversy in a public school in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 1960s. Students suspended for wearing black arm bands protesting US involvement in the Vietnam War took their case to the Supreme Court. The resulting decision helped provide a legal foundation for subsequent anti-war protests. This account captures the personal struggle of the litigants and places the controversy in the legal and historical context of the 1960s. For general readers and those in law. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608676
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Landmark Law Cases and American Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,172,731
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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