Free Speech in the Good War

This is a unique examination of how civil libertarian ideals, developed by the courts and legal scholars, were applied by government in crisis times.

Free Speech in the Good War

Troubled by the herd instinct and repression unleashed by World War I, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes insisted that the right of any American to be heard depended on the right of all Americans to speak, regardless of how obnoxious their views. This ideal, which was to become a defining aspect of the nation's political culture, was put to the test during World War II by the hate-filled rhetoric of Bundists, Christian fundamentalists, Black nationalists, and others. Idealism faltered as citizens, including erstwhile civil libertarians, demanded a new realistic definition of free speech. This book tells the story of the brave, not always successful, efforts of a few officials to sustain the libertarian ideal in the face of military defeat, rumours of Fifth Columnist intrigue and demands that the appearance of national unity be sustained by government repression. This is a unique examination of how civil libertarian ideals, developed by the courts and legal scholars, were applied by government in crisis times.

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Free Speech in the Good War
Language: en
Pages: 309
Authors: Richard W. Steele
Categories: Freedom of speech
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: MacMillan

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Pages: 730
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Language: en
Pages: 461
Authors: Laura Weinrib
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-19 - Publisher: Harvard University Press

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Pages: 392
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Pages: 544
Authors: Stephen M. Feldman
Categories: Political Science
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