Great Dissent How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind - And Changed the History of Free Speech in America

ISBN-10: 0805094563

ISBN-13: 9780805094565

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Authors: Thomas Healy
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Description: A gripping intellectual history reveals how conservative justice Oliver Wendell Holmes became a free speech advocate and established the modern understanding of the First AmendmentThe right to express one's political views seems an indisputable part of American life. After all, the First Amendment proudly proclaims that Congress can make no law abridging the freedom of speech. But well into the twentieth century, that right was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for protesting government policies. Indeed, our current understanding of free speech comes less from the First Amendment itself than from a most unlikely man: the Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong conservative, Holmes disdained all individual rights. Yet in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a court opinion that became a canonical statement for free speech as we know it.Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes's journey from free speech skeptic to First Amendment hero. It is the story of a remarkable behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to bring a legal icon around to their way of thinking—and a deeply touching human narrative of an old man saved from loneliness and despair by a few unlikely young friends.Beautifully written and exhaustively researched,The Great Dissentis intellectual history at its best, revealing how free debate can alter the life of a man and the legal landscape of an entire nation.

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 8/20/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

No BioNo BioTHOMAS HEALY grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1950s. He left school at fifteen and worked as a shunter in a railway yard and a security guard at a meat market, among other things. He lives in Glasgow.

Prologue: An Unexpected Visit
Train Fever
A Smart Chap
The Habit of Intolerance
Catspawned
The Old Ewe and the Half-Bakes
"He Shoots So Quickly"
Defending Sophistries
Dangerous Men
"They Know Not What They Do"
The Red Summer
"Workers-Wake Up!"
A Plea for Help
"Quasi in Furore"
Adulation
"Alone at Laski"
Epilogue: "I Simply Was Ignorant"
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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