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 ...
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. It therefore suggests, as few other works do, the viability and practicality of free speech orthodoxy.
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Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 0312173369. Cover is grey with red lettering on spine. Pages are clean and tight; this is a NEW book. Stated 'first edition: April, 1999. "Civil liberties are never more in danger than when restrictions on individual rights are justified in the name of a good case....examines the threats to free speech during World War II, the 'good war' when threats came not from reactionaries but from a liberal president and an attorney general committed to civil liberties. This fine book recovers a forgotten and disturbing chapter in American history"; Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska at Omaha. And in these days and times, is once again a timely and thoughtful book about what civil rights and freedoms mean for Americans.; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; 309 pages; Cover has very light shelf wear. DJ has shelf wear, rubbing/scuffing, bumping, some crinkling along edges, various small spots of scraping of color down to underlying white; in a mylar cover.
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