Congressional Power and Free Speech: Levy's Legacy Revisited

13 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2011 Last revised: 30 Dec 2014

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: 1986


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.

Keywords: media, press, First Amendment, book review

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., Congressional Power and Free Speech: Levy's Legacy Revisited (1986). Harvard Law Review, Vol. 99, p. 1089, 1986, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-148, Available at SSRN:

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