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The First Amendment: Cases and Theory

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Ronald J. Krotoszynski, University of Alabama
Steven G. Gey, Florida State University 
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Florida
Christina E. Wells, University of Missouri

2008. 984 pages. ISBN: 0-7355-6549-X With Teacher’s Manual.

About the Book

Comprehensive, timely, and accessible, The First Amendment: Cases and Theory uses the case method to elucidate theory and doctrine.  Thoughtful historical context and dynamic coverage of current issues fuel and enrich class discussion.

  • Distinguished authorship by respected First Amendment scholars
  • An emphasis on the case-method approach—cases are lightly edited in recognition of the importance of context to a study of constitutional jurisprudence
  • Discussion of historical background that elucidates the Supreme Court’s tests, standards, and approaches to First Amendment issues
  • Overviews in each chapter introduce the main themes and doctrines to better prepare students to read the cases that follow with greater insight and understanding
  • Introductory chapters on free speech and the establishment and free exercise of religion
  • Thought-provoking questions that point to the themes and factors underpinning case law
  • Problem exercises that engage students in applying legal concepts
  • Thorough coverage of the Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition, and Religion Clauses
  • Discussion of major contemporary controversies—such as the impact of technology on free speech jurisprudence—as well as conflicts between free speech and national security, civil rights, and the Internet

With a flexible organization that can be adapted to a three-hour survey course—or more specialized courses on speech, press, assembly, the petition clauses, or the religion clauses—this casebook offers both scope and depth in a highly supportive pedagogical framework.  

Preface / Sample Chapters