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The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance
Steven H. Shiffrin

Paperback | 2014 | $42.95 | £35.95 | ISBN: 9780691603384
Hardcover | 2016 | $107.50 | £91.95 | ISBN: 9780691632728
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If an organizing symbol makes sense in First Amendment jurisprudence, it is not the image of a content-neutral government, argues Steven Shiffrin, nor is it a town-hall meeting or even a robust marketplace of ideas. If the First Amendment is to have an organizing symbol, let it be an Emersonian symbol: let it be the image of the dissenter.

Originally published in 1993.

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"[Surprises] are in store for readers of [this book]. The biggest one is that [Shiffrin's] First Amendment exemplars aren't such history-making United States Supreme Court justices as Oliver Wendell Holmes and William J. Brennan but Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson."--Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times

"[Shiffrin] masterfully makes the best case for an enduring constitutional and cultural love affair with the First Amendment."--Ronald Collins, ABA Journal

Endorsements:

"A lucid and original contribution to the literature of free speech. [Shiffrin's] work should be read by every serious student of our culture and of the First Amendment's role in American life."--Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School

Table of Contents:

  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • Acknowledgments, pg. v
  • Contents, pg. vii
  • Introduction, pg. 1
  • 1. The First Amendment and Social Engineering, pg. 9
  • 2. The First Amendment and Democracy, pg. 46
  • 3. The First Amendment and Dissent, pg. 86
  • 4. The First Amendment and Method, pg. 110
  • 5. The First Amendment and Romance, pg. 140
  • Notes. Index, pg. 171

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