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Obscenity rules : Roth v. United States and the long struggle over sexual expression

Author: Whitney Strub
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2013]
Series: Landmark law cases & American society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in Roth v. United States (1957) for the first time tried to definitively rule on the issue of obscenity in American life and law-and failed. Whitney Strub lays out the history of obscenity's meaning as a legal concept, highlights the influence of anti-vice crusaders like Anthony Comstock, and chronicles the shadowy career of Samuel Roth ("America's leading smut lung") who spent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trial and arbitral proceedings
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Samuel Roth; Samuel Roth
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Whitney Strub
ISBN: 9780700619375 0700619372 9780700619368 0700619364
OCLC Number: 836261725
Awards: Winner of Langum Prize for Historical Literature (Legal History) 2013
Description: x, 268 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Toward obscenity : legal evolution from colonies to Comstock --
Modernizing free speech : politics, sex, and the First Amendment in the early twentieth century --
Samuel Roth, from art to smut --
The absent Supreme Court : obscenity doctrine in the 1940s --
Cold War, hot lust : sexual politics in the 1950s --
Anatomy of a case --
Writing Roth : the court opines --
The two Roths : liberalization, regulation, and the apparent paradox of obscenity in the 1960s --
From porno chic to new critiques : conservatives, feminists, and backlash to obscenity --
Epilogue : after obscenity?
Series Title: Landmark law cases & American society.
Responsibility: Whitney Strub.

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An examination of the landmark 1957 Supreme Court case Roth v. United States, which for the first time attempted to define what constitutes obscenity in American life and law. Explores this  Read more...

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