The great dissent : how Oliver Wendell Holmes changed his mind--and changed the history of free speech in America / Thomas Healy.
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- ISBN: 9780805094565
- Physical Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages -308) and index.
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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.
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 Constitutional 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. Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes's journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero.-- Provided by publisher.
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