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"Judicial enforcement of the Bill of Rights is a defining feature of American constitutional democracy, yet in the first half of the twentieth century, neither freedom of speech nor court-centered constitutionalism commanded broad-based consensus. The Taming of Free Speech explains how lawyers and activists convinced Americans to entrust their civil liberties to the courts. When class war shook the nation's institutions, labor radicals within the American Civil Liberties Union claimed a right to agitate through organized economic pressure--a right of workers to picket, boycott, and strike. Over time, they hitched those commitments to a conservative constitutional tradition that valorized individual rights. At the height of the New Deal, the corporate bar and its clients reluctantly accepted judicial deference to social and economic regulation. In place of property rights, they redeployed the First Amendment to shield business interests from the intrusive reach of the state. In an age of totalitarianism abroad and administrative discretion at home, a powerful Bill of Rights protected conservatives as well as radicals, industry as well as labor"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-440) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Freedom of speech in class war time The citadel of civil liberty The right of agitation Dissent The new battleground Old left, new rights The civil liberties consensus Free speech or fair labor Epilogue.
KF4772 .W44 2016
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.