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The taming of free speech : America's civil liberties compromise

Author: Laura M Weinrib
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Judicial enforcement of the Bill of Rights is a defining feature of American constitutional democracy, yet in the first half of the twentieth century, neither freedom of speech nor court-centered constitutionalism commanded broad-based consensus. The Taming of Free Speech explains how lawyers and activists convinced Americans to entrust their civil liberties to the courts. When class war shook the nation's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura M Weinrib
ISBN: 9780674545717 0674545710
OCLC Number: 946975290
Description: 461 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Freedom of speech in class war time --
The citadel of civil liberty --
The right of agitation --
Dissent --
The new battleground --
Old left, new rights --
The civil liberties consensus --
Free speech or fair labor --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Laura Weinrib.

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Laura Weinrib shows how a coalition of lawyers and activists made judicial enforcement of the Bill of Rights a defining feature of American democracy. Protection of civil liberties was a calculated  Read more...
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[An] important revisionist history of the origins of American civil liberties...Offer[s] important correctives to the celebratory accounts of civil liberties that we so often tell ourselves.--David Read more...

 
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