Congressional Power and Free Speech: Levy's Legacy Revisited
William W. Van Alstyne
William & Mary Law School
Harvard Law Review, Vol. 99, p. 1089, 1986
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-148
This review concerns an update to Leonard Levy’s controversial book "Legacy of Suppression: Freedom of Speech and Press in Early American History." While Levy maintains the same thesis that early American newspapers did not enjoy the robust freedoms commonly protected by the First Amendment, the updated research actually seems to soften this stark stance and sets the thesis at odds with the evidence.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: media, press, First Amendment, book reviewAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 21, 2011 ; Last revised: October 6, 2011
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