Speech, religion, trial by jury, the right bear to arms. America's
constitutionally-protected freedoms -- always cherished, sometimes
threatened, frequently taken for granted. Freedom by freedom, the
titles in America's Freedoms chart the fascinating and
controversial history of liberty and justice for all. Clear,
balanced, and thorough, America's Freedoms offers a wealth of
information and analysis for students of history, politics, and
-- A general discussion of the topic
-- An explanation of the freedom's history and evolution
-- A forecast for the freedom's future expression
-- A selection of historical and contemporary source
-- An A-to-Z dictionary of individuals, events, cases, and
-- A chronology
-- An annotated bibliography
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 keystone of our
democracy. However, the meaning of this freedom has changed
significantly over the course of U.S. history. Judicial rulings,
political power plays, economic crises, and changing social mores
and traditions have shaped it.
-- Four narrative chapters examine constitutional history,
evolution, contemporary concerns and controversies, and prospects
for the near future based on today's threats to the status
-- A -- Z entries survey key individuals, laws, events, judicial
decisions, statutes, institutions, organizations, and
-- Presents excerpts from documents, court decisions, and
-- Covers the most important free speech controversies in American
politics and history, even those that never landed in court
-- Balances the claims on behalf of broadening protections for free
speech with arguments emphasizing the potentially negative social
consequences of such actions
-- Provides an excellent introductory reference for anyone looking
for a full understanding of this important political freedom
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Ken I. Kersch
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