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Emergence of a Free Press

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Leonard W. Levy's Legacy of Suppression so disturbed Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black that he called it "one of the mosts devastating blows that has been delivered against civil liberty for a long time."
Published in 1960, this book challenged the liberal interpretation of the First Amendment by claiming that the framers of the Constitution intended it only as a protect
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 21st 1985 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Fraser Sherman
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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Levy argues that contrary to our usual perception of the Founding Fathers, they actually believed government had the power and the right to try anyone who criticized it for "seditious libel" and that a broader view of free speech didn't become the norm until well into the 1800s. This would get a higher rating but it's extremely dry and technical (in fairness Levy's writing about a dry, technical aspect of free-speech law), much more so than Levy's Origins of the Fifth Amendment. Still it is info ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
this book is important i am sure. it is also dull. the latter will always cancel out the former when reading for pleasure. read this book if you have something specific which you are interested in. only then will the importance of this book outweigh its dullness.
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Leonard W. Levy (April 9, 1923 – August 24, 2006) was the Andrew W. Mellon All-Claremont Professor of Humanities and Chairman of the Graduate Faculty of History at Claremont Graduate School, California. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and educated at Columbia University, where his mentor for the Ph.D. degree was Henry Steele Commager.

Levy's most honored book was his 1968 study Origins of
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