Speaking Freely: Whitney v. California and American Speech - download pdf or read online

By Philippa Strum

ISBN-10: 0700621342

ISBN-13: 9780700621347

ISBN-10: 0700621350

ISBN-13: 9780700621354

Anita Whitney was once a baby of wealth and privilege who grew to become a vocal leftist early within the 20th century, helping radical exertions teams akin to the Wobblies and aiding to arrange the Communist hard work get together. In 1919 she used to be arrested and charged with violating California's lately handed legislation banning any speech or job meant to alter the yankee political and financial platforms. the tale of the superb courtroom case that grew out of Whitney's conviction, instructed in complete during this ebook, can be the tale of ways american citizens got here to benefit from the so much liberal speech legislation within the world.

In transparent and fascinating language, famous criminal student Philippa Strum lines the fateful interactions of Whitney, a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims; very best courtroom Justice Louis D. Brandeis, a super son of immigrants; the teeming immigrant neighborhoods and left wing exertions politics of the early 20th century; and the teachings a few Harvard legislations tuition professors took from international conflict I-era regulations on speech. even though the superb courtroom upheld Whitney's conviction, it incorporated an opinion by way of Justice Brandeis--joined via Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.--that resulted in a decisive switch within the method the courtroom understood First modification loose speech protections. Speaking Freely takes us into the discussions at the back of this dramatic switch, as Holmes, Brandeis, pass judgement on discovered Hand, and Harvard legislations professors Zechariah Chafee and Felix Frankfurter debate the level of the 1st modification and the real function of loose speech in a democratic society. In Brandeis's opinion, we see this debate distilled in an announcement of the worth of unfastened speech and the damage that its suppression does to a democracy, besides reflections at the significance of freedom from govt regulate for the founders and the drafters of the 1st Amendment.

Through Whitney v. California and its legacy, Speaking Freely indicates how the yank method of speech, differing because it does that of each different nation, displays the nation's certain background. not anything below a primer within the heritage of unfastened speech rights within the US, the booklet deals a sobering and well timed lesson as worry once again increases the threat of repression.

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