100 Americans Making Constitutional History: A Biographical History presents 100 profiles of the key people behind some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, a respected constitutional historian, each 2,000-word profile delves into the social and political context behind landmark Court decisions. For example, while a case like Brown v. Board of Education is about an important idea—the equal protection of the law—at its heart it is the story of a little girl, Linda Brown, who wanted to go to a decent school near her home. The outcome is accessible and objective “stories” about the individuals—heroes and scoundrels—who fought their way to constitutional history.

Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt

Freedom of the Press

“The First Amendment has Become an Obsession with Me”

Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell

485 U.S. 46 (1988)

Larry Flynt, one of America's most colorful figures, made his career publishing sex magazines, engaging in notorious public relations stunts and political escapades, and lampooning the politically and culturally powerful. Throughout his career Flynt was constantly prosecuted on criminal charges or sued in civil actions for things he said or published in his magazines, and throughout his career Flynt championed the First Amendment, which he regarded as a constitutional guarantee to express himself however he chose, no matter how outrageous or offensive his expression might be to most of society.

Flynt began his business career by opening striptease bars in Ohio. Observing his customers, Flynt concluded ...

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