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Author Healy, Thomas.

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

Publication Info. New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    342.7308 HEA    Available
Edition First Edition.
Description 322 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-308) and index.
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."
Summary "No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies . Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one's political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Abrams, J., 1886-1953 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935.
Trials (Anarchy) -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Freedom of speech -- United States.
Indexed Term Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616 (1919)
ISBN 9780805094565 hardback
0805094563 hardback

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