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A comprehensive guide to effective participation in the public debate about our most indispensable right: freedom of expression

Encouraging readers to think critically about freedom of speech and expression and the diverse critical perspectives that challenge the existing state of the law, this text provides a comprehensive analysis of the historical and legal contexts of the First Amendment, from its early foundations all the way to censorship on the Internet. Throughout the book, authors Douglas M. Fraleigh and Joseph S. Tuman use the “Marketplace of Ideas” metaphor to help readers visualize a world where the exchange of ideas is relatively unrestrained and self-monitored.

The text provides students with the opportunity to read significant excerpts of landmark decisions and to think critically about the issues and controversies raised in these cases. Students will appreciate the treatment of contemporary issues, including free speech in a post-9/11 world, free expression in cyberspace, and First Amendment rights on college campuses.

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Demystifies free speech law, encouraging readers to grapple with the complexities of significant ethical and legal issues; Sparks student interest in “big picture” issues while simultaneously covering important foundational material, including incitement, fighting words, true threats, obscenity, indecency, child pornography, hate speech, time place and manner restrictions, symbolic expression, restrictions on the Internet, and terrorism.; Includes significant excerpts from landmark freedom of expression cases, including concurring or dissenting opinions where applicable, to help students become active learners of free expression rights; Offers critical analysis and alternative perspectives on free expression doctrines to demonstrate that existing doctrine is not necessarily ideal or immutable; Includes a global perspective on free expression including a chapter on international and comparative perspectives that helps students see how the values of different cultures influence judicial decisions

Introduction to Freedom of Expression and the American Legal System
Introduction to freedom of expression and the American legal system

Freedom of speech is one of the most fundamental American values, but it is also one of the most controversial. Free expression issues arise on a daily basis in the United States, as the following examples show:

  • One thousand or more Critical Mass bicycle riders gather in cities on the last Friday of each month, riding together in a pack without regard for traffic signals.
  • The Rocky Mountain Collegian, the Colorado State University student newspaper, publishes an editorial that uses an “f-bomb” to criticize George W. Bush.
  • An Internet blogger writes that Barack Obama is part of a Muslim conspiracy against America, who would take his oath of office ...
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