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As a writer I ve long assumed that First Amendment rights were enshrined in the Constitution However, after readying Christopher M Finan s history I realized for the first time just how tenuous those rights are in U.S history It is truly amazing to read a book that attempts to compile in one place all of the efforts to restrain free speech and the free press I was familiar with many if not most of the individual incidents but to have them covered at one time certainly leaves an impression t As a writer I ve long assumed that First Amendment rights were enshrined in the Constitution However, after readying Christopher M Finan s history I realized for the first time just how tenuous those rights are in U.S history It is truly amazing to read a book that attempts to compile in one place all of the efforts to restrain free speech and the free press I was familiar with many if not most of the individual incidents but to have them covered at one time certainly leaves an impression that there has been a segment of U.S society willing to muzzle this freedom based on real or imagined threats.My only reservation about the book is the quasi political bent it takes toward therecent censorship efforts I had the impression the author was attempting to make a political point that certain parties areprone to abandon the First Amendment of the Constitution Perhaps this is true although the treatment in this book compromises the unbiased quality of the historical research.Books such as this one are a reminder the Constitution is under constant threat and requires constant vigilance by all citizens I am always amazed at how people continue to get books with no new information in them published Books like this one drive me to the fiction section of my library and make me want to write a collection of completely obvious and irrelevant observations so that I too might bore the hell out of some unsuspecting reader Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it So writes Judge Learned Hand in 1944 and so ends almost this book on the fight for free speech in America The author actually concludes that we are fortunate to live in a country that includes many brave souls They have made freedom of speech one of the glories of American civilization This suggests that the book is somewhat of an ode to the past heroes of the fight for free s Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it So writes Judge Learned Hand in 1944 and so ends almost this book on the fight for free speech in America The author actually concludes that we are fortunate to live in a country that includes many brave souls They have made freedom of speech one of the glories of American civilization This suggests that the book is somewhat of an ode to the past heroes of the fight for free speech, but I think it s best to read this as a challenge to us in the present, in this moment, to become engaged in the free speech fight The book is a reminder of the need for constant debate and active efforts to preserve free speech, an important reminder for a time when concerns about national security seem to trump all other concerns and an mindless adherence to the conviction that patriotism demands we should suppress critiques of government actions and actors and be wary of every instance of dissent It s not about the successes of the past, because in that it offers little that is new or surprising Rather it is call to action and, for that reason alone, worth reading This is a must read to understand the pattern of suspension of free speech and habeaus corpus when the US government perceives a threat It begins when the government started rounding up communists in the early 20th century There were 10 year olds sentenced to prison for passing out leaflets Appalling.Japanese Americans wer rounded up and sent to concentration camps during WWII.The patriot act was just another example of government overkill Librarians and others stood up to the CIA Immigrant This is a must read to understand the pattern of suspension of free speech and habeaus corpus when the US government perceives a threat It begins when the government started rounding up communists in the early 20th century There were 10 year olds sentenced to prison for passing out leaflets Appalling.Japanese Americans wer rounded up and sent to concentration camps during WWII.The patriot act was just another example of government overkill Librarians and others stood up to the CIA Immigrants again were targeted for government and citizen abuse.Our democratic ideals and Constitution are strong enough to allow free speech We just get so paranoid when a crisis occurs, we seem to rush to suspend basic freedoms A fine, often inspiring overview of the fight to protect free speech rights during the 20th and early 21st century Readable, accessible, and informative Highly recommended for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with an important aspect of U.S history. This book isof a history of the ACLU It s not bad it s just slow In some places, I would have prefereddepth It s also not entirely clear when a sit in is censorship and when it s freedom of expression It still is a good overall history, and I did learn somethings I prefer, however, Freedom for the Thought We Hate. I used this book to remind myself about what it means to be an American Despite then President Bush. Finan has condensed a ton of research here fun to learn about First Amendment heroes I didn t know I had (DOWNLOAD) ô From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America Ù Christopher M Finan received Eli M Oboler Memorial Award forThe award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom Eligible books were published betweenand In , Attorney General A Mitchell Palmer launched a government roundup of thousands of Russian immigrants and deportedof them for their radical ideas, a flagrant violation of First Amendment rights Decades later, a second Red Scare gripped the United States as Senator Joseph McCarthy spearheaded a witch hunt for Russian agents while sneering at egg sucking liberals who defended Communists and queers The nearly century long battle between heresy hunters and civil libertarians makes the story of free speech in this country a colorful one, filled with dramatic episodes and larger than life personalities Historian and free speech advocate Christopher Finan introduces us to a cast of characters as varied as a young GI named Hugh Hefner and the ever vigilant Emma Viets, chair of the Kansas City censorship board, who cheerfully cut scenes that weren t clean and wholesome from Hollywood films, shortening onscreen kisses and excluding any image of a woman in the family way This history has enormous relevance in post Patriot Act America At a time when government is warning citizens and the press to watch what they say, the words of Murray I Gurfein, a judge from another era, have special resonance The security of the Nation is not at the ramparts alone Security also lies in the value of our free institutions A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, a ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act traces the fight for free speech from the turn of the nineteenth century through the War on Terror Christopher Finan has given us a vital history of our most fundamental, and most vulnerable, constitutional right