Students Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on the First Amendment

Students Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on the First Amendment

by Clyde E. Willis
     
 

We Americans have enshrined our most cherished rights in the First Amendment to our Constitution, including the freedom of religion, speech and press; the right to assemble; and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Since the formation of the republic, Congress has been actively engaged in enacting laws that have a direct and significant

Overview

We Americans have enshrined our most cherished rights in the First Amendment to our Constitution, including the freedom of religion, speech and press; the right to assemble; and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Since the formation of the republic, Congress has been actively engaged in enacting laws that have a direct and significant bearing on First Amendment rights. This ideal student resource provides the carefully edited and explained text of 31 landmark Congressional laws in all areas of First Amendment rights—from internal security to symbolic speech, campaign financing, obscenity, intellectual property, and freedom of religion. Organized topically for ease of use, this resource allows students to examine and compare the landmark laws on a particular topic across the breadth of American history through the year 2000. For instance, students can compare changes in the laws on obscenity from the Comstock Act of 1873, to the Anti-Dial-a-Porn Act of 1989 and the Child Online Protection Act of 1998.

The landmark laws are organized into nine categories: internal security, symbolic speech, election campaign activities, obscenity, intellectual property, labor-management relations, federally funded programs, and freedom of religion. Each category opens with a general overview of the laws covered in that section and a brief summary of how they relate to each other. The entry on each landmark law features a discussion of the historical background of the law, the intent and purpose of the law, an examination of the substance and impact of the law, and a carefully edited actual text of key passages of the law. Each entry concludes with a bibliography of recommended print sources and Web sites for students. An introductory overview of Congressional legislation on the First Amendment, followed by a detailed timeline of milestones in the history of Congressional legislation on First Amendment issues, put the topic in historical context for students. An appendix of tables of the statutes and cases with complete citations will aid student researchers.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
For general students and readers rather than specialists in law or politics, Willis (political science, Middle Tennessee State U.) surveys some incidents in US history that illuminate the relationship between Congress and the amendment to the Constitution that addressees freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition. Internal security, obscenity, intellectual property, and labor-management relations are among the issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313314162
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2002
Series:
Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

CLYDE E. WILLIS is Associate Professor of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.

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