Reflections on Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment

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University Press of Kentucky, Feb 16, 2007 - Law - 336 pages

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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Private Property and Public Freedom
Buckley v Valeo 1976
The Regulation of Commercial Speech
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
The Future of the First Amendment?
A The Declaration of Independence 1776
B The United States Constitution 1787
The Amendments to the United States Constitution 17911992

The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom 1786
The Organization of the First Amendment
The Sedition Act of 1798
Freedom of Speech and the Coming of the Civil
A Defense of Justice Black 1937
Schenck v United States 1919 Abrams v United States 1919
Debs v United States 1919 Gitlow v New York 1925
Winston S Churchill and the Cause of Freedom
Dennis v United States 1951 the Rosenberg Case 19501953
Cohen v California 1971 Texas v Johnson 1989
The Pentagon Papers Case 1971
Obscenity and the
Thomas More Petition to Henry VIII on Parliamentary Freedom of Speech 1521
E The Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty 1786
F Some Stages of the ReligionSpeechPressAssemblyPetition Provisions in the First Congress 1789
G The Sedition Act 1798
H The Virginia Resolutions 1798
J Thomas Jefferson the First Inaugural Address 1801
K Schenck v United States Leaflet 1917
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
George Anastaplo On the Alcatraz Imprisonment of a Convicted
N George Anastaplo An ObscenityRelated Case from Dallas 1989
O Cases and Other Materials Drawn

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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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