Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-285-7
# of Pages: 600
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $295
e-ISBN: 978-1-64265-286-4
eBook User Price: $295
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Defining Documents in American History: The Free Press

November 2019

Over the years, the First Amendment has been argued from the public square to the Supreme Court. The free press has had some remarkable effects on our history. In this two-volume set, we examine both the history and the current state of the free press, through in-depth chapters that provide a thorough commentary of significant primary source documents, including:

  • Libel case against Peter Zenger (New York Weekly Journal)
  • The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
  • Thomas Carlyle in his book On Heroes and Hero Worship
  • United States vs. PFC Bradley E. Manning
  • Branzburg v. Hayes
  • New York Times Co. v. United States (Pentagon Papers)
  • Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (school papers, 1968)
  • Obsidian Finance Group, LLC v. Cox (when a blogger can be sued)
  • “Networked Fourth Estate” by Yochai Benkler

Each commentary includes these helpful subheads  that guide the reader: Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes.

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