The Kingfish and the Constitution: Huey Long, the First Amendment, and the Emergence of Modern Press Freedom in America

The Kingfish and the Constitution: Huey Long, the First Amendment, and the Emergence of Modern Press Freedom in America

by Richard C. Cortner

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Overview

The Kingfish and the Constitution: Huey Long, the First Amendment, and the Emergence of Modern Press Freedom in America by Richard C. Cortner

The Kingfish and the Constitution is an in-depth analysis of the poisonous relationship that evolved between Huey Kingfish Long, legendary governor of Louisiana, and the state's daily newspapers. Long's political battle over the newspaper tax in the Louisiana legislature in 1934 and the subsequent battle over the constitutionality of his attempt at censorship by taxation culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Grosjean v. American Press Co. in 1936, a landmark decision that laid the basis for the protection of modern freedom of the press in America. This fascinating study will be of interest to scholars and students of political science, constitutional law, and American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313298424
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/1996
Series: Contributions in Political Science Series , #36
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 1750L (what's this?)

About the Author

RICHARD C. CORTNER is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is the author of eleven books, including most recently, The Iron Horse and the Constitution: The Railroads and the Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment (Greenwood, 1993).

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