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Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties under the Law

Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties under the Law (Hardback)

By Kersch, Ken I.

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An innovative narrative approach combines history, politics, and legal doctrine to explore the origin and evolution of Americans' constitutional right to free speech. The First Amendment's declaration that Congress shall make no law...abridging the Freedom of Speech is the keysto...ne of our democracy. However, the meaning of this freedom has changed significantly over the course of U.S. history. It has been shaped by judicial rulings, political power plays, economic crises, and changing social mores and traditions. In a field dominated by jargon-filled texts and march-of-progress treatments, this book presents an insightful introduction to freedom of speech, skillfully blending legal analysis with accounts of how staunchly contested historical, political, and cultural issues often influenced legal reasoning. The volume traces the origins of the freedom in English law and its development through the founding of the United States, and examines how the unique struggles of nineteenth-century Americans over such issues as political parties, slavery, women's rights, and economic inequality transformed this traditional English right into a distinctively American one. The book outlines the ways in which the U.S. Supreme Court became the prime interpreter of the meaning of free speech and introduces readers to current court rulings on the First Amendment. It also speculates about the political and legal developments likely to emerge in the new century.
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ISBN 9781576076002
Released NZ 19 Mar 2003
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Format Hardback
Series America's Freedoms
Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781576076002
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Imprint ABC-CLIO
Released 19 Mar 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kersch, Ken I.
Series America's Freedoms
Category Civil Rights & Citizenship
Freedom Of Information & Freedom Of Speech
Constitutional & Administrative Law
Number of Pages 395
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 342.730853
Weight 803g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Freedom of speech - United States
NBS Text Politics: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly