The Kingfish and the Constitution: Huey Long, the First Amendment, and the Emergence of Modern Press Freedom in America

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Political Science - 196 pages
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"The Kingfish and the Constitution" is an in-depth analysis of the poisonous relationship that evolved between Huey Kingfish Long, legendary governor of Louisiana, and the state's daily newspapers. Long's political battle over the newspaper tax in the Louisiana legislature in 1934 and the subsequent battle over the constitutionality of his attempt at censorship by taxation culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in "Grosjean v. American Press Co." in 1936, a landmark decision that laid the basis for the protection of modern freedom of the press in America. This fascinating study will be of interest to scholars and students of political science, constitutional law, and American history.

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The Kingfish Goes National
Guiding the Newspapers in the Path

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RICHARD C. CORTNER is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is the author of eleven books, including most recently, The Iron Horse and the Constitution: The Railroads and the Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment (Greenwood, 1993).

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