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Free Speech, Free Press, and the Law

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1980, 160pp.

This is the second in a three-book series on law for secondary school readers. It deals straightforwardly with the complexities of freedom of speech in modern society, acquainting students with a host of First Amendment issues: the John Peter Zenger trial and the right to speak the truth, prior restraints, clear and present danger, public disturbances, non-verbal speech, the right to keep silent, places and manner of speech, advertising rights, libel and reputation, voicing the taboo, fair trial-free press issues, and access to and special rights of the press. The book closes by posing some real cases and asking readers to think through to conclusions (the actual outcomes are provided at the end of the book).

Awards and NoticesNamed a 1980 Notable Book of the Year by the National Council for the Social Studies

From the reviewers

"The line of specific cases to illustrate the application and interpretation of freedom of speech and freedom of the press is smoothly handled, pertinent and timely enough . . . to encourage interest reading as well as to provide research material."

School Library Journal


"An approach consistent with the subject matter that offers plenty of food for independent thought. . . . Straightforward reportage puts this in reach of junior high school students; it will be particularly useful where constitutional issues are being discussed."
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