13 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2011 Last revised: 30 Dec 2014
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: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931654