These are stories of the colorful characters who have played a role in First Amendment controversies, contributing to our modern understanding of freedom of speech. They include Communists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Ku Klux Klansmen, the world's leading pornographer, prison wardens, dogged reporters, federal judges, a computer whiz, a counterculture satirist, and others. Some of the characters are drawn from cases the author litigated, including cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. All of the stories have a larger point, showing how First Amendment protections -- for politically subversive speech, obscenity and "indecency," advocacy of hateful ideas, Internet content, etc. -- have been gained or lost.
William gives an overview of the book:
WILLIAM BENNETT TURNER
For the past quarter century I have taught The First Amendment and the Press at the University of California at Berkeley. I also teach First Amendment courses OLLI@Berkeley and at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco....