ERIC Number: ED077039
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Publication Date: 1972
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The Meaning of Freedom of Speech: First Amendment Freedoms from Wilson to FDR. Contributions in American History No. 15.
Murphy, Paul L.
Using the Jazz Age as his frame of reference, the author analyzes the role of dissent and its suppression in American life. The crisis in civil liberties which began with a wartime restriction of freedom of speech in 1918 evoked a counteraction from concerned citizens during the 1920s. Their efforts were vindicated in 1931 when a conservative-dominated Supreme Court, in a conservative era, moved to redefine First Amendment freedoms, guarantee freedom of speech, and, in effect, revolutionize constitutional law in the area of civil liberties. The opinions of a diversified segment of our citizenry are explored in appraising the general ambivalence of life and attitudes in the decade. (EE)
Descriptors: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Communication (Thought Transfer), Dissent, Freedom of Speech, Political Attitudes, Political Power, Politics, Social Action
Greenwood Publishing Company, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, Conn. 06880 ($14.50 cloth)
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