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Free Expression in America: A Documentary History (Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues)by Sheila Suess Kennedy
Synopses & Reviews
Freedom of speech is a foundational principle of the American Constitutional system. This collection of over 100 primary documents from a variety of sources will help students understand exactly what is meant by "free speech," and how it has evolved since the founding of our country. Court cases, opinion pieces, and many other documents bring to life the tension between America's constitutional commitment to robust and unrestrained discourse and recurring efforts to suppress expression deemed dangerous, degrading or obscene. Explanatory introductions to each document aid users in understanding the various arguments put forth in debates over exactly how to define the Constitution to encourage readers to consider all sides when drawing their own conclusions.
Over 100 primary documents illuminate the concept of free expression and how it has evolved since the founding of our country.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -332) and index.
About the Author
SHEILA SUESS KENNEDY is Assistant Professor of Law and Public Policy at Indiana University.
Table of Contents
Foundations of Liberty
The Concept of Free Speech and the Role of the Government
1900-1950: A Half-Century of Paternalism
The 1950s: McCarthyism, Racism, and Censorship
1960-1998: Smut, Cyberspace and Political Correctness
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