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The Resource Speaking freely : Whitney v. California and American speech law, Philippa Strum

Speaking freely : Whitney v. California and American speech law, Philippa Strum

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Speaking freely : Whitney v. California and American speech law
Title
Speaking freely
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Whitney v. California and American speech law
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Philippa Strum
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eng
Summary
"Anita Whitney was a child of wealth and privilege who became a vocal leftist early in the twentieth century, supporting radical labor groups such as the Wobblies and helping to organize the Communist Labor Party. In 1919 she was arrested and charged with violating California's recently passed laws banning any speech or activity intended to change the American political and economic systems. The story of the Supreme Court case that grew out of Whitney's conviction, told in full in this book, is also the story of how Americans came to enjoy the most liberal speech laws in the world. In clear and engaging language, noted legal scholar Philippa Strum traces the fateful interactions of Whitney, a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims; Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, a brilliant son of immigrants; the teeming immigrant neighborhoods and left wing labor politics of the early twentieth century; and the lessons some Harvard Law School professors took from World War I-era restrictions on speech. Though the Supreme Court upheld Whitney's conviction, it included an opinion by Justice Brandeis--joined by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.--that led to a decisive change in the way the Court understood First Amendment free speech protections. Speaking Freely takes us into the discussions behind this dramatic change, as Holmes, Brandeis, Judge Learned Hand, and Harvard Law professors Zechariah Chafee and Felix Frankfurter debate the extent of the First Amendment and the important role of free speech in a democratic society. In Brandeis's opinion, we see this debate distilled in a statement of the value of free speech and the harm that its suppression does to a democracy, along with reflections on the importance of freedom from government control for the founders and the drafters of the First Amendment. Through Whitney v. California and its legacy, Speaking Freely shows how the American approach to speech, differing as it does that of every other country, reflects the nation's unique history. Nothing less than a primer in the history of free speech rights in the US, the book offers a sobering and timely lesson as fear once more raises the specter of repression"--
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Strum, Philippa
Dewey number
342.7308/53
Index
index present
LC call number
KF224.W543
LC item number
S777 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Series statement
Landmark law cases & American society
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  • Whitney, Anita
  • Whitney, Anita
  • Freedom of speech
  • Criminal syndicalism
  • LAW / Constitutional
  • LAW / Civil Rights
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • Criminal syndicalism
  • Freedom of speech
  • Trials
  • United States
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Speaking freely : Whitney v. California and American speech law, Philippa Strum
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http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1336/3103020/image/lgcover.9780700621347.jpg
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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Contents
Introduction -- From silver spoon to socialism -- Speech in the streets and at the Supreme Court -- Anita Whitney goes to court -- The trial continues -- Thinking "through" free speech -- "Public discussion is a political duty" -- How free should speech be? -- Epilogue -- Bibliographical essay
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ocn911135115
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780700621347
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(hardback)
Lccn
2015023668
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) o911135115
  • (OCoLC)911135115
Label
Speaking freely : Whitney v. California and American speech law, Philippa Strum
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1336/3103020/image/lgcover.9780700621347.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- From silver spoon to socialism -- Speech in the streets and at the Supreme Court -- Anita Whitney goes to court -- The trial continues -- Thinking "through" free speech -- "Public discussion is a political duty" -- How free should speech be? -- Epilogue -- Bibliographical essay
Control code
ocn911135115
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780700621347
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015023668
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o911135115
  • (OCoLC)911135115

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