Freedom of Speech and the Press

Freedom of Speech and the Press

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the history of conflicts regarding these First Amendment liberties, including the formation of the American Civil Liberties Union, censorship, and antiwar protests.

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy expressed his support for free speech and a free press in U.S. society by saying, "A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood of ideas in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." The future of the First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of expression depends on how much faith the American people have in this belief. The American rights of free speech and free press have often led to complex and uncomfortable dissent and debate, but have ultimately served as the best guarantee that the intent of the framers of the First Amendment is preserved.

Topics include:
  • Frederick Douglass and his speeches in support of the abolition of slavery
  • Muckraking writers Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Upton Sinclair and their exposes
  • The role of the ACLU during the 1920s Red Scare
  • Edward R. Murrow's March 1954 commentary on McCarthyism on his show See It Now
  • The June 1971 Supreme Court decision in New York Times v. United States, otherwise known as the Pentagon Papers case
  • Watergate
  • The 1977 controversy over a proposed march of neo-Nazis through Skokie, Illinois
  • and more.

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Providing the history of a specific American right or rights, each volume in this series begins with some brief colonial history, the battles fought by various groups to secure each right, and how the Amendments relate to laws of other governments.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2005
ISBN: 9780816056620
Characteristics: xv, 128 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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