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First Amendment Felon
Robert Sherrill
1560257792
Nov 2005
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"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of people to peaceably assemble." These words have guided the life of Frank Wilkinson, perhaps the nation's staunchest defender of civil liberties, to the degree that Life Magazine, in an issue given over to the two-hundred-year history of the Bill of Rights, featured a lengthy profile of him. This is the story of an ordinary, even conservative, American who became the accidental champion of our right to speak, and (by extension) to think, what we choose. Wilkinson's life has been a David-and-Goliath battle against enemies of the First Amendment. He was jailed [...] when HUAC cited him for contempt (the Supreme Court notoriously ratified this decision). From 1956 to 1975, he traveled an average of one hundred days a...


On Liberty
John Stuart Mill
0486421309
June 2002
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Irving Louis Horowitz, Rutgers University
A wonderful edition... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Thomas Christiano, University of Arizona
The introduction offers fresh insights... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Cases and Controversies
Peter H. Irons
0130456241
Sept 2004
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Book Description
This casebook—containing longer excerpts than those found in most other books— includes cases from important Supreme Court opinions and material that places these cases and the issues they raise in a broad political, historical, and social context. The volume presents Supreme Court challenges and land mark decisions involving wartime protest and hysteria; the Great Depression; and conflicts over issues such as abortion. A focus on the “characters” who make up the stories of constitutional law—such as Dred Scott, Homer Plessy, Lillian Gobitis, Gordon Hirabayashi, Mary Beth Tinker, and Michael Hardwick—adds human faces and voices to the Supreme Court opinions, and introduces the fascinating players—with fundamental divisions of interest and values—who have had roles in making...


All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime
William H. Rehnquist
0679767320
January 2000
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In the first hectic days of the American Civil War, the future of the Union was in doubt. Troops traveling to defend Washington were waylaid by mobs in Maryland. In the midst of this crisis, Abraham Lincoln sought to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to permit the military to detain those who were interfering with the prosecution of the war. When the Supreme Court limited his ability to do so, Lincoln complained that the Court was allowing "all the laws, but one, go unexecuted, and the government itself go to pieces, lest that one be violated." Eventually, civil liberties were curtailed for the duration of the Civil War--as they would be again in World Wars I and II.

That Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist's analysis of civil liberties in wartime is entitled All the Laws but One hints where he comes down on...



Civil Rights and Liberties
Harold J. Sullivan
0131174355
June 2004
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Book Description
This book examines contemporary and perennial constitutional issues in civil liberties and rights by posing questions designed to engage readers in an exploration of how and why U.S. Supreme Court Justices have interpreted the provisions of the U.S. Constitution relating to Freedom of Expression and Religion, and Equal Protection and Privacy. Each question is followed by an essay “answer” that explores, in a thought-provoking manner, the variety of ways these issues have been responded to in real cases. Chapter titles include: In Defense of Liberty; The First Amendment and Freedom of Expression; Freedom of Religion; Equality Under the Constitution; Privacy and Reproductive Freedom; Contemporary Issue of Equality and Freedom; and What is the Future of Constitutional Rights and Liberties in America? For...


The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism
Richard C. Leone (Editor)
0641695462

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Constitutional Law
Susan M. Leeson
0135687594
Jan 1998
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Book Description
This comprehensive book presents the inner workings of American constitutional law within the framework of the social, legal, and political contexts from which the cases arose. It addresses the implications of each case on the political system and its effect on the relationship between the Court and the other two branches of government. The book traces each case from the time it is filed to its appearance on the Court's docket, explains the reasoning of the lower court and demonstrates the climate of legal opinion in which the case is presented before the Court. The book includes highlights of Supreme Court arguments with summaries of legal theories offered to the Justices and original source material that show how ideas, thought processes, language, and debate develop into constitutional doctrine. A ...


Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties, and Justice
Lee Epstein
1568028172
October 2003
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From the Publisher
This new edition of Rights, Liberties, and Justice is part of the innovative, highly successful two-volume text that blends the best of legal and political science approaches to constitutional law. Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker have carefully selected excerpts from important cases and have provided extensive commentary to help students follow the path of the evolving law. While Epstein and Walker excerpt in the traditional manner both new and classic cases that best illustrate the development of constitutional law, their approach is distinctive in that it also recognizes the political factors that influence judicial decisions. They emphasize the arguments raised by lawyers and interest groups, and include material that brings out the rich political context in which decisions are made, including the ideological...


These Yet to Be United States
Athan G. Theoharis
0155069896
May 2002
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Book Description
Mixing aspects of social, political, and institutional history, authors Athan and Jeanne Theoharis survey the quest for equal rights and social justice in the last half-century. This text shows how individuals have sought to affect civil rights and liberties at the grassroots level, and how government has reacted to these individuals' attempts to affect change. In particular, the authors discuss the problematic status of civil liberties, civil rights, and civil dissent during the Cold War era--providing a vital, critical insight into post-1945 politics. This volume is part of the AMERICA SINCE 1945 series--a collection of brief texts that seek to define the ways in which the United States has changed in the last 50 years.

About the Author
Jeanne Theoharis, is an assistant...


Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment
Floyd Abrams
0143036750
April 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1971, a young lawyer made his first appearance before the Supreme Court, successfully defending the New York Times against the Nixon administration's attempt to block publication of the Pentagon Papers. With that case, the cause of free speech found a formidable advocate. Abrams recounts his role in several landmark cases as he became the legal icon of an era of unparalleled extension of First Amendment protections. Most illuminating are Abrams's detailed explanations of the legal and psychological tactics he has used before the Supreme Court. He also creates some vividly villainous portraits of his antagonists, most notably Rudolph Giuliani ("deeply contemptuous of the First Amendment"), who was sued by the Brooklyn Museum of Art over his attempts to cut its financing after a controversial exhibit. Abrams...


Freedom in the World
Raymond D. Gastil
031323177X
Oct 1981
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Review
“This compilation assembles information not easily found elsewhere, and thus makes a valuable contribution to general enlightenment. Despite its obvious Western bias, it should be available for use by students, professionals, and concerned citizens in most libraries.”–American Reference Books Annual

Book Description
This yearbook marks the twelfth year of the Comparative Survey and is the sixth edition in the Freedom House series of annual publications. In addition to the material on the Comparative Survey, the 1984-1985 yearbook considers aspects of the current UNESCO controversy and includes reports on elections in El Salvador and Panama. The contributors return to the overall themes of the first yearbook--the definition of democracy and freedom and a consideration of...


How Patriotic is the Patriot Act : Freedom Versus Security in the Age of Terrorism
Amitai Etzioni
0415950473
October 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
A Carter administration advisor on domestic affairs, Etzioni is director of the Institute of Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University. Beginning with poll data and crime statistics, Etzioni takes as a premise that public safety measures can be crucial to democracy, but not that "any and all" safety measures enhance liberty. He then goes on to detail security measures undertaken in the U.S. since September 11th; review levels of privacy and security in differing forms of electronic communication, as well as the possible threats they pose; assess the threat of bioterrorism; debate the possibility of national ID cards; and probe the possibilities of nation building for national security. He finds parts of the Patriot Act "reasonable and necessary" (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information...


Freedom in the World
Raymond D. Gastil
0313231788
Oct 1982
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Review
“Another of the Freedom House annuals, with the usual, somewhat helpful comparative tables on political, social, and economic freedoms throughout the world. This latest edition also includes excellent essays on economic freedoms and an assessment of human rights in Vietnam before and after Hanoi's 1975 conquest of the South.”–Orbis

Book Description
This yearbook marks the twelfth year of the Comparative Survey and is the sixth edition in the Freedom House series of annual publications. In addition to the material on the Comparative Survey, the 1984-1985 yearbook considers aspects of the current UNESCO controversy and includes reports on elections in El Salvador and Panama. The contributors return to the overall themes of the first yearbook--the definition of democracy...


Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta
Gore Vidal
1560255021
December 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Long before the events of September 11, Vidal's place was secured as a prolific preacher against America's imperialist policies. At age 76, he uses his exceptional talents to produce bound collections of his controversial essays and op-eds. However, this latest creation lacks the eloquence and grace that previously distinguished him from other writers in their attempts to uncover the hidden truths within our American republic. Vidal calls for a more thorough investigation into the response, or lack thereof, from the "Cheney-Bush junta" on September 11 and purports that corporate greed and American imperialism have been the driving themes behind our new war on terror. He explores the oil connections that Osama bin Laden's family established with Bush during his tenure as an oil magnate in Texas and implores us to...


Freedom in the World
Raymond D. Gastil
0313231796
Jan 1984
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Review
“The sixth yearbook and eleventh comparative survey, this volume provides comparative measures of freedom for political rights, civil rights, and economic freedom, the future of democracy, and judging the health of a democratic system; and publishes papers presented at the Freedom House on `Supporting Democracy in the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan),' plus comments and discussion. Text also contains brief country summaries that illustrate the information utilized in constructing the comparative measures.”–The American Political Science Review

Book Description
This yearbook marks the twelfth year of the Comparative Survey and is the sixth edition in the Freedom House series of annual publications. In addition to the material on the...


Story of American Freedom
Eric Foner
0393319628
September 1999
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Book Review
Freedom, Eric Foner writes, is "the oldest of clichés and the most modern of aspirations." But what does it mean to be free? For the people of the United States, the concept of "freedom"--and its counterpart, "liberty"--have had widely differing meanings over the centuries. The Story of American Freedom, therefore, "is not a mythic saga with a predetermined beginning and conclusion, but an open-ended history of accomplishment and failure, a record of a people forever contending about the crucial ideas of their political culture."

Foner begins with the colonial era, when the Puritans believed that liberty was rooted in voluntary submission to God and civil authorities, and consisted only in the right to do good. John Locke, too, would argue that liberty did not consist of the lack of restraint, but of "a standing...



Freedom in the World
Raymond D. Gastil
031323180X
Feb 1985
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Book Description
This yearbook marks the twelfth year of the Comparative Survey and is the sixth edition in the Freedom House series of annual publications. In addition to the material on the Comparative Survey, the 1984-1985 yearbook considers aspects of the current UNESCO controversy and includes reports on elections in El Salvador and Panama. The contributors return to the overall themes of the first yearbook--the definition of democracy and freedom and a consideration of their development--with particular reference to problems of democracy in Central America and the general history and diffusion of democracy. For the first time, the country summaries are augmented by summaries for the related territories.

From the Publisher
This compilation assembles information not easily found elsewhere,...


Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age
Alan M. Dershowitz
0641637799

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Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity
David Limbaugh
0060732075
September 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
They may not get thrown to the lions any more, but today's Christians endure subtler forms of martyrdom, argues this strident manifesto. Limbaugh (Absolute Power: The Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department) recites a litany of abuses and insults perpetrated, he claims, by separation-of-church-and-state absolutists and the forces of secular humanism. Most of them are familiar complaints of the Christian Right: school children are forbidden to pray before football games; nativity scenes are banned from municipal property; the media ridicule Christian politicians, and Hollywood caricatures Christians as Bible-thumping yahoos or axe-wielding fanatics. At universities where Darwinism, relativism and "sexuality studies" hold sway, Limbaugh says, vocal Christians get packed off to the psych ward....


Freedom in the World
Leonard R. Sussman
0313259062
Apr 1987
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Book Description
This yearbook marks the twelfth year of the Comparative Survey and is the sixth edition in the Freedom House series of annual publications. In addition to the material on the Comparative Survey, the 1984-1985 yearbook considers aspects of the current UNESCO controversy and includes reports on elections in El Salvador and Panama. The contributors return to the overall themes of the first yearbook--the definition of democracy and freedom and a consideration of their development--with particular reference to problems of democracy in Central America and the general history and diffusion of democracy. For the first time, the country summaries are augmented by summaries for the related territories.

From the Publisher
This compilation assembles information not easily found elsewhere,...

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