Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech (2020)

Fighting Faiths The Abrams Case the Supreme Court and Free Speech Jacob Abrams et al v United States is the landmark Supreme Court case in the definition of free speech Although the conviction of four Russian Jewish anarchists for distributing leaflets protesti
  • Title: Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech
  • Author: Richard D. Polenberg
  • ISBN: 9780801486180
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech
    Jacob Abrams et al v United States is the landmark Supreme Court case in the definition of free speech Although the 1918 conviction of four Russian Jewish anarchists for distributing leaflets protesting America s intervention in the Russian revolution was upheld, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes s dissenting opinion with Justice Louis Brandeis concerning clear and preJacob Abrams et al v United States is the landmark Supreme Court case in the definition of free speech Although the 1918 conviction of four Russian Jewish anarchists for distributing leaflets protesting America s intervention in the Russian revolution was upheld, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes s dissenting opinion with Justice Louis Brandeis concerning clear and present danger has proved the touchstone of almost all subsequent First Amendment theory and litigation.In Fighting Faiths, Richard Polenberg explores the causes and characters of this dramatic episode in American history He traces the Jewish immigrant experience, the lives of the convicted anarchists before and after the trials, the careers of the major players in the court cases men such as Holmes, defense attorney Harry Weinberger, Southern Judge Henry DeLamar Clayton, Jr and the young J Edgar Hoover and the effects of this important case on present day First Amendment rights.
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    One Reply to “Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech”

    1. Abrams et al v United States provided Oliver Wendell Holmes with an opportunity to redefine the clear and present danger doctrine he had enunciated in the Schenck, Frohwerk, and Debs decisions The story of the Abrams case and its impact on free speech is engagingly told by Richard Polenberg in Fighting Faiths The Abrams Case, The Supreme Court, and Free Speech.During war World War I being no exception public officials try to suppress any criticism of their actions perhaps from a sense of insecur [...]

    2. In the aftermath of World War I, there was an ideological confrontation in America that illuminated the diverging views of government and the extent to which the First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed the freedom of speech This debate was evident in Richard Polenberg s Fighting Faiths, which was a study of Abrams v United States, and the lives of the defendants Jacob Abrams, Mollie Steimer, Hyman Lachowsky, and Samuel Lipman This paper will discuss the differing attitudes of government a [...]

    3. Abrams v United States was a 1919 Supreme Court decision that gave us the famous dissenting view of Oliver Wendell Holmes, who wrote the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment Every year if not every day we have to wager our salvation upon some proph [...]

    4. I had to read this book for a class, and for that I m glad Briefly, four Russian Jewish anarchists are imprisoned, convicted, and deported for distributing leaflets protesting the U.S involvement in the Russian Revolution, which violated the Sedition Act The case itself is famous for Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes dissent, which later became seminal in almost all subsequent First Amendment theory and litigation Holmes essentially ruled that the pamphlets were protected speech, contravening then es [...]

    5. Excellent book Polenberg provides an abundance of information He focuses on the Abrams trial and Holmes dissent I recommend anyone interested in freedom of speech, how the government limits this freedom during wartime, and the emergence of the rhetoric clear and present danger should read this.

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