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When the Nazis Came to Skokie: Freedom for Speech We Hate (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

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In the Chicago suburb of Skokie, one out of every six Jewish citizens in the late 1970s was a survivor or was directly related to a survivor of the Holocaust. These victims of terror had resettled in America expecting to lead peaceful lives free from persecution. But their safe haven was shattered when a neo-Nazi group announced its intention to parade there in 1977. ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 24th 1999 by University Press of Kansas (first published 1999)
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Doug
May 01, 2008 Doug rated it really liked it
This hallmark of Free Speech shows why we must protect speech of those we disagree with so that we can protect our own speech.
Michael Lewyn
Sep 16, 2015 Michael Lewyn rated it it was amazing
In 1977 and 1978, a few dozen American Nazis, led by half-Jewish Frank Collin (born Frank Cohn) sought to demonstrate in front of a suburban city hall for half an hour or so. Their efforts to do so mushroomed into a set of court cases and a national debate on the limits of free speech. This little book gives a blow-by-blow account of this story.

The most interesting parts of this story were the parts I didn't know. I knew that Nazis had tried to march in Skokie (a heavily Jewish suburb of Chicago
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Angela
Oct 06, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok
It took me FOREVER to read this book. As fascinating as I find the topic, the level of detail (and legal detail in particular) really put me to sleep at times. I'd recommend a more "popular nonfiction" history of the Skokie case (if such exists) for those, like me, more interested in the social and cultural implications of hate speech than the legal intricacies involved.
Lennon
Aug 10, 2007 Lennon rated it liked it
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This book teaches you to believe in the power of the First Amendment. All that happens when people talk and are respected either people listen and realize what most people say is silly and disregardable.
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