Freeing the Presses: The First Amendment in Action

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Timothy E. Cook, Regina G. Lawrence
LSU Press, Jun 9, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 200 pages
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"A thoughtful, provocative, and timely account of the meaning of a free press in the United States." -- American Journal of Political Science
Most Americans consider a free press essential to democratic society -- -either as an independent watchdog against governmental abuse of power or as a wide-open marketplace of ideas. But few understand that far--reaching public policies have shaped the news citizens receive. With contributions from leading scholars in the fields of history, legal scholarship, political science, and communications, this revised and updated edition of Freeing the Presses offers an in-depth inquiry into the theory and practice of journalistic freedom. In addition to a new foreword by Regina G. Lawrence and afterword by Laura Stein, Freeing the Presses presents fresh and timely analyses of the complexities of news media and politics.

 

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Contents

Hardscrabble 18901905
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Young Lawyer Young Wife 190521
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Lawyer Farmer Legislator 192128
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With Huey Long 192831
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Speaker of the House and Heir Apparent 193135
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Part Two Washington
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Senator Ellender 193638
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Persevering Despite the Louisiana Scandals 193940
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Part Three Worldview
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The Death of Helen 194950
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Chairman of the Agriculture Committee 195153
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McCarthyism and the 1954 Senate Race 195455
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Trying to Defrost the Cold War 195663
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Shaping Farm Policy 195664
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Working with LBJ 196368
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The Great Society Under Siege 196668
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War and Reelection 194142
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Winning the War 194346
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The Truman Years 194748
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Bibliographical Essay
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Index
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About the author (2014)

REGINA G. LAWRENCE holds the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in Communication in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

TIMOTHY E. COOK was the author of Governing with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution, which won the Doris A. Graber Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association. He was a coauthor of Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign, which won the Doris Graber Prize of the American Political Science Association.

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