Reflections on Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 29, 2010 - Law - 336 pages
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The guarantee of free speech enshrined in the U.S. Bill of Rights draws upon two millennia of Western thought about the value and necessity of free inquiry. Acclaimed legal scholar George Anastaplo traces the philosophical development of the idea of free inquiry from Plato's Apology to Socrates to John Milton's Areopagitica. He describes how these seminal texts and others by such diverse thinkers as St. Paul, Thomas More, and John Stuart Mill influenced the formation and the earliest applications of the First Amendment. Anastaplo also focuses on the critical free speech implications of a dozen Supreme Court cases and shows how First Amendment interpretations have evolved in response to modern events. Reflections on Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment grounds its vision of America's most basic freedoms in the intellectual traditions of Western political philosophy, providing crucial insight into the legal challenges of the future through the lens of the past.

 

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Contents

1 Platos Apology of Socrates
3
2 The Ministry of St Paul
9
3 Thomas More and Parliamentary Immunity 1521
14
4 John Miltons Areopagitica 1644
20
5 William Blackstone Patrick Henry and Edmund Burke on Liberty 17651790
26
6 The Declaration of Independence 1776 the Northwest Ordinance 1787
36
7 Constitutionalism and the Workings of Freedom of Speech
43
8 The Virginia Statute of Religioius Freedom 1786
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10 Buckley v Valeo 1976
162
11 The Regulation of Commercial Speech
170
12 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
177
13 The Future of the First Amendment?
183
Appendix A
189
Appendix B
193
Appendix C
205
Appendix D
215

9 The Emergence of a National Bill of Rights 17891791
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10 The Organization of the First Amendment
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11 The Sedition Act of 1798
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12 John Stuart Mills On Liberty 1859
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13 Freedom of Speech and the Coming of the Civil War
85
A Defense of Justice Black 193719 71
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2 Schenck v United States 1919 Abrams v United States 1919
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3 Debs v United States 1919 Gitlow v New York 1925
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4 Winston S Churchill and the Cause of Freedom
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5 Dennis v United States 1951 the Rosenberg Case 19501953
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6 Cohen v California 1971 Texas v Johnson 1989
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7 The Pentagon Papers Case 1971
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8 Obscenity and the Law
148
9 Private Property and Public Freedom
155
Appendix E
218
Appendix F
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Appendix G
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Appendix H
226
Appendix I
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Appendix J
236
Appendix K
241
Appendix L
246
Appendix M
253
Appendix N
269
Appendix O
300
Index
305
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George Anastaplo, professor of law at Loyola University in Chicago and lecturer in the liberal arts at the University of Chicago, is the author of numerous books, including Reflections on Constitutional Law and The Constitutionalist.

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