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The great dissent : how Oliver Wendell Holmes changed his mind -- and changed the history of free speech in America

Author: Thomas Healy
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Picador editionView all editions and formats
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The right to express one's political views seems an indisputable part of American life. After all, the First Amendment proudly proclaims that Congress can make no law abridging the freedom of speech. But well into the twentieth century, that right was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for protesting government policies. Indeed, our current understanding of free speech comes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cases
Named Person: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; J Abrams; Harold Joseph Laski; Zechariah Chafee, Jr.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Healy
ISBN: 1250058694 9781250058690
OCLC Number: 868276638
Notes: "A Metropolitan book."
Originally published: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Description: 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: An unexpected visit --
Train fever --
A smart chap --
The habit of intolerance --
Catspawned --
The old ewe and the half-bakes --
"He shoots so quickly" --
Defending sophistries --
Dangerous men --
"They know not what they do" --
The red summer --
"Workers, wake up!" --
A plea for help --
"Quasi in furore" --
Adulation --
"Alone at Laski" --
Epilogue: "I simply was ignorant".
Responsibility: Thomas Healy.

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The right to express one's political views seems an indisputable part of American life. After all, the First Amendment proudly proclaims that Congress can make no law abridging the freedom of speech. But well into the twentieth century, that right was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for protesting government policies. Indeed, our current understanding of free speech comes less from the First Amendment itself than from a most unlikely man: the Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong conservative, he disdained all individual rights. Yet in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a court opinion that became a canonical statement for free speech as we know it. Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes's journey from free-speech skeptic to First Amendment hero. It is the story of a remarkable behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to bring a legal icon around to their way of thinking--and a touching human narrative of an old man saved from loneliness and despair by a few unlikely young friends.

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