Freedom of speech is fiercely defended in America and has been since the First Amendment was written. But how does it work, and what laws shape it? Drawing on parallels between ten seminal Supreme Court cases and current events, Free Speech Handbook lays out the fundamentals of First Amendment law in an accessible and engaging way.
This book is part of the World Citizen Comics series, a bold line of civics-focused graphic novels that equip readers to be engaged citizens and informed voters.
About the Author
Mike Cavallaro is from New Jersey and has worked in comics and animation since the early 1990s. His comics include Eisner Award–nominated Parade (with fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28 (written by J.M. DeMatteis), Foiled and Curses! Foiled Again (written by Jane Yolen), Decelerate Blue (written by Adam Rapp), and The Nico Bravo series.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Women's March and the Marketplace of Ideas 1
Chapter 2 Take a Knee and the Pledge of Allegiance 31
Chapter 3 Libel, Actual Malice, and the Civil Rights Movement 69
Chapter 4 Student Speech from the Vietnam War to the National School Walkout 93
Chapter 5 Stormy Daniels, Prior Restraints, and the Pentagon Papers 114
Chapter 6 Flipping Off the President and Fuck the Draft 138
Chapter 7 Samantha Bee, Seven Dirty Words, and Indecency 152
Chapter 8 Saturday Night Live, Hustler, and the Power of Parody 170
Chapter 9 Nazis in Charlottesville, Funeral Protests, and Speakers We Hate 197
Chapter 10 Social Media, Public Parks, and the "Vast Democratic Forums of the Internet" 221
Glossary of Legal Terms 246
Selected Bibliography 248