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Make No Law,9780679739395

Make No Law

Edition: Reprint
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 9/1/1992
Publisher(s): Vintage


The First Amendment puts it this way: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Yet, in 1960, a city official in Montgomery, Alabama, sued The New York Times for libel -- and was awarded $500,000 by a local jury -- because the paper had published an ad critical of Montgomery's brutal response to civil rights protests. The centuries of legal precedent behind the Sullivan case and the U.S. Supreme Court's historic reversal of the original verdict are expertly chronicled in this gripping and wonderfully readable book by the Pulitzer Prize -- winning legal journalist Anthony Lewis. It is our best account yet of a case that redefined what newspapers -- and ordinary citizens -- can print or say.

Table of Contents

Heed Their Rising Voices
Reaction in Montgomery
Separate and Unequal
The Trial
Silencing the Press
The Meaning of Freedom
The Sedition Act
World War I
Holmes and Brandeis, Dissenting
“The Vitalizing Liberties”
To the Supreme Court
“There Never Is a Time”
May It Please the Court
“The Central Meaning of the First Amendment”
What It Meant
Inside the Court
Public and Private
“The Dancing Has Stopped”
Back to the Drawing Board
First Draft of Justice Brennan’s Opinion inNew York Times Co. v. Sullivan
Opinions inNew York Times Co. v. Sullivanby Justices Brennan, Black, and Goldberg
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