Liberty's Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly
John D. Inazu, LIBERTY'S REFUGE: THE FORGOTTEN FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, Yale University Press, 2012
19 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2010 Last revised: 12 Jan 2012
Date Written: October 14, 2010
This is the introductory chapter from my book, Liberty's Refuge. From the publisher: "This original and provocative book looks at an important constitutional freedom that today is largely forgotten: the right of assembly. While this right lay at the heart of some of the most important social movements in American history — abolitionism, women’s suffrage, the labor and civil rights movements — courts now prefer to speak about the freedoms of association and speech. But the right of “expressive association” undermines protections for groups whose purposes are demonstrable not by speech or expression but through ways of being. John D. Inazu demonstrates that the forgetting of assembly and the embrace of association lose sight of important dimensions of our constitutional tradition."
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