This two-volume work addresses every key, cutting-edge issue regarding the First Amendment, including subjects such as freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of speech, and freedom of organization.
First Amendment Rights have been a controversial topic for decades in the United States. Are the Supreme Court interpretations of these rights declining or strengthening over time? And is Chief Justice John Roberts pro- or anti-free speech in America?
First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia provides both historical information and current, 21st-century topics in First Amendment issues. Volume 1 addresses the subject through the lens of past decisions and precedent, updated to include controversies between new social media and civil liberties. Volume 2 examines the current state of First Amendment rights, addressing the changes in interpretations of the First Amendment by the Roberts Court as well as in-vogue issues such as Occupy Movements as well as student rights and responsibilities in freedom of religion and speech cases. Key cases are highlighted throughout the text to further comprehension of the underlying issues and subtle complexities.
The information is presented so that readers can examine cases in the Roberts court and draw their own conclusions. Coverage is also provided of the challenges and opportunities that arise with the adoption of new technologies and their impact on the interpretations of the First Amendment.
• Contributions from 20 academicians and practitioners
• Several court case highlights
• A complete bibliography and a chapter-by-chapter glossary
• Incorporates 2011–2012 issues on the First Amendment
• Includes freedom of speech and religion issues for students as well as coverage of occupy movements as challenges to free speech
• Provides different treatments for political speech vs. corporate speech