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The First Amendment puts it this way: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Yet, in 1960, a city official in Montgomery, Alabama, sued The New York Times for libel — and was awarded $500,000 by a local jury — because the paper had published an ad critical of Montgomery's brutal response to civil rights protests. The centuries of legal precedent behind the Sullivan case and the U.S. Supreme Court's historic reversal of the original verdict are expertly chronicled in this gripping and wonderfully readable book by the Pulitzer Prize — winning legal journalist Anthony Lewis. It is our best account yet of a case that redefined what newspapers — and ordinary citizens — can print or say.

Table of Contents

1. Heed Their Rising Voices

2. Reaction in Montgomery

3. Separate and Unequal

4. The Trial

5. Silencing the Press

6. The Meaning of Freedom

7. The Sedition Act

8. World War I

9. Holmes and Brandeis, Dissenting

10. “The Vitalizing Liberties”

11. To the Supreme Court

12. “There Never Is a Time”

13. May It Please the Court

14. “The Central Meaning of the First Amendment”

15. What It Meant

16. Inside the Court

17. Public and Private

18. “The Dancing Has Stopped”

19. Back to the Drawing Board

20. Envoi

Appendix 1: First Draft of Justice Brennan’s Opinion in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan

Appendix 2: Opinions in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan by Justices Brennan, Black, and Goldberg

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307787828
Subtitle:
The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Lewis, Anthony
Subject:
Press law
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Press law -- United States.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Freedom of the press
Subject:
Libel and slander
Subject:
Libel and slander -- United States.
Subject:
Business-Business Law General
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Subject:
Law : General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19920901
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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