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A Worthy Tradition: Freedom Of Speech In America

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"University of Chicago law professor Kalven was at work on this massive study of free expression under the Constitution when he died in 1974. Kalven's son, Jamie, a free-lance writer, edited the manuscript, collaborating with Owen Fiss of Yale Law School. The work analyzes Supreme Court decisions affecting First Amendment rights between World War...more
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1988)
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The best book I've read on freedom of speech. Klavern actually never finished the work. It was compiled by his son following the elder Klavern's untimely death. Klavern argues that the function of the Supreme Court is not to create a liberal and tolerant people, but rather to nurture and enrich a tradition which leads to that end. He rejects Hugo Black's absolutist view of free speech; i.e. that 100% of speech is protected, because the issue becomes moot if it can be shown that any form of speec...more
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