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Freedom of Speech is considered a fundamental right in the United States and speech is protected by the First Amendment. There are, however, certain limitations.
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Freedom of Speech - Vikram David Amar
Call Number: KF 4772.F5675 2009
ISBN: 9781591026327
Publication Date: 2009-02-28

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Freedom of Speech - William Dudley (Editor)
Call Number: KF 4772.A75 F74 2005
ISBN: 073771929X
Publication Date: 2005-01-28

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Free Speech - Sylvia Engdahl (Editor)
Call Number: KF 4772.F737 2008
ISBN: 9780737727913
Publication Date: 2007-12-05

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Freedom of Speech - Ken I. Kersch; Donald Grier Stephenson (Editor)
Call Number: KF 4772.K47 2003
ISBN: 1576076008
Publication Date: 2003-03-19

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Freedom of Speech - Alan Allport
Call Number: KF 4772.Z9 A447 2003
ISBN: 079107370X
Publication Date: 2003-03-01

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The Free Speech Movement - Bradley Steffens
Call Number: KF 4722 .F738 2004
ISBN: 0737711566
Publication Date: 2004-05-14

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Free Expression - Noël Merino (Editor)
Call Number: KF 4772.F736 2012
ISBN: 9780737758269
Publication Date: 2011-12-02

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No Escape - Paul A. Passavant
Call Number: KF 4772.P37 2002
ISBN: 0814766951
Publication Date: 2002-09-15

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Speech Out of Doors - Timothy Zick
Call Number: KF 4772.Z42 2009
ISBN: 9780521731966
Publication Date: 2008-10-27


Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech is a fundamental right in the United States and is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.  In 1925, the U.S.Supreme Court held that ( under the doctrine of incorporation) state legislatures cannot enact laws abriding this freedom.  However,  freedom of speech is not absolute.  Under a long line of cases, the Supreme Court has held that certain types of speech are excluded from protection.  Also there are time, manner and place limitations on freedom of speech.  While hate speech is generally protected ( see the Westboro Baptist Church decision), speech that would incite actions that would harm others is not ( Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).    There are also restrictions on obscenity and child pornography .  Commercial speech can be regulated as can slander.   While students are protected by the First Amendment, there are cases where censorship is permitted.   The U.S. Supreme Court applies certain standards, tests and levels of review when it decides free speech cases. Over the years, many cases have been decided.  Free Speech jurisprudence is complex and at times difficult to understand.  It is a rich area of study for anyone interested in constitutional law.

The PCCC Library has a good collection of books dealing with freedom of speech.  Generally they can be found under the call number KF 4772.  The Library also owns electronic books ("ebooks").   Go to the Library Home page and search the Library Catalog.  Be sure to use the drop down box for PCCC.   To access ebooks remotely, use the ID and password you can find on your Portal account  ( click on the Academics tab, then online databases)  The reference librarians can also be of assistance.

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