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From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America

ISBN-10: 0807044296
ISBN-13: 9780807044292
Edition: 2008
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Description: The first comprehensive history of free speech in America for a general readership, from a respected historian and free speech activist A 2007 Book Sense Selection In this lively history of our most fundamental and perhaps most vulnerable right,  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The first comprehensive history of free speech in America for a general readership, from a respected historian and free speech activist A 2007 Book Sense Selection In this lively history of our most fundamental and perhaps most vulnerable right, Christopher Finan traces the lifeline of free speech from the War on Terror back to the turn of the last century. Finans dramatic review of such touchstones as the Scopes trial and Edward R. Murrows challenge to Joseph McCarthy are revelatory; many of his narratives are entirely fresh and have as much relevance to our postPatriot Act world as his final chapter on the twenty-first century. The story of the fight for free speech in times of war and peace-when writers, publishers, booksellers, and librarians are often on the front lines-is essential reading. "At a time when Americas freedoms and liberties are under attack in Washington, Finans book is a powerful reminder of why we must carry on the fight to preserve the central underpinning of the American democratic system." -Senator Bernie Sanders "A marvelously readable account of the struggle for free speech in the United States." -Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Perilous Times

Chris Finan is the president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the chair of the National Coalition Against Censorship. He is also the author of Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior. Finan lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Introduction
Ground Zero
Mob Rule, 1921-1930
Banned in Boston
The Court Takes a Hand
The Second Red Scare
The Fight for Artistic Freedom, 1945-1966
Let the Sunshine In
The Counterattack, 1970-2002
9/11
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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