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Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment by Floyd Abrams

The Constitutionalist: Notes on the First Amendment by George Anastaplo

Human Liberty and Freedom of Speech by C. Edwin Baker

First Amendment Law in a Nutshell by Jerome A. Barron and C. Thomas Dienes

Freedom, Virtue, and the First Amendment by Walter Berns

The Tolerant Society by Lee C. Bollinger

Free Speech in the United States by Zechariah Chafee

The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Fall and Rise of an American Icon by Ronald K.L. Collins and David M. Skover

Free Speech, “the People’s Darling Privilege”: Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History (Constitutional Conflicts) by Michael Kent Curtis

Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius by Edward de Grazia

Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court by Terry Eastland, editor

Freedom of Expression by Thomas Emerson

The First Amendment (Concepts and Insights) by Daniel A. Farber

The good guys, the bad guys and the First Amendment: Free speech vs. fairness in broadcasting by Fred W. Friendly

Minnesota Rag: Corruption, Yellow Journalism and the Case That Saved Freedom of the Press by Fred W. Friendly

Fighting Words by Kent Greenawalt

Speech, Crime and the Uses of Language by Kent Greenawalt

Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America’s Censorship Wars by Marjorie Heins

Free Speech For Me — But Not For Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other by Nat Hentoff

A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America by Harry Kalven

The Negro and the First Amendment by Harry Kalven

A Free and Responsible Press: A General Report on Mass Communications: Newspapers, Radio, Motion Pictures, Magazines and Books by the Commission on Freedom of the Press, edited by Robert D. Leigh

Emergence of a Free Press by Leonard Williams Levy

Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis

Political Freedom: The Constitutional Powers of the People by Alexander Meiklejohn

Free Speech in the College Community by Robert M. O’Neil

Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court and Free Speech by Richard Polenberg

Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years, 1870-1920 by David M. Rabban, Christopher Tomlins (series editor)

The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley, Tropic of Cancer and Fanny Hill by Charles Rembar

Freedom’s Voice: The Perilous Present and Uncertain Future of the First Amendment by Robert D. Richards

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech For All of Us by Bruce Sanford

”Obscene” Literature and Constitutional Law: A Forensic Defense of Freedom of the Press by Theodore Schroeder

Free Speech in an Open Society by Rodney A. Smolla

Smolla and Nimmer On Freedom of Speech: A Treatise on the First Amendment by Rodney A. Smolla

Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone

Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex and the Fight for Women’s Rights by Nadine Strossen

The First Amendment Book by Robert J. Wagman

When Government Speaks: Law, Politics and Government Expression in America by Mark G. Yudof


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