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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

First Amendment Stories: "You Know . . . For Kids!"

Rick has already posted about this, but I'd like to add my two cents.  I received a copy yesterday of the just-published collection First Amendment Stories, edited by Rick and Andy Koppelman and published by Foundation Press.  It's terrific, in my opinion.  Of course, the best thing in it is the insightful and occasionally hilarious piece on Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe.  That aside, there is a lot to appreciate about it.  Rick and Andy have a lovely introduction.  More important, the "stories" themselves add a lot of value to anyone thinking about the central First Amendment cases discussed therein, including plenty of interviews with key figures in those cases.  They include many famous cases, a number of lesser-known cases, and some non-cases, like a discussion by Geoffrey Stone of the Alien and Sedition Acts.  

I meant what I said about the "for kids" part.  (That line also applies to hula hoops, as cineastes will recognize.)  This would be a valuable supplement for standard First Amendment courses, and it does a great job of including both speech and religion cases.  Each story does a good job, in my view, of placing these cases within a broader context as well as offering helpful details on the cases themselves.  

While you're at it and shopping for Christmas etc. gifts, you might as well go ahead and order a copy of this as well.  Baby needs a new pair of Octobans



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Looks good. I enjoyed the "Constitution Stories" volume.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 10, 2011 4:21:07 PM

Anon -- the TOC has not been put on the Foundation (or Amazon) website yet, unfortunately, but it will. For what it's worth, here are the chapters:

(1) G. Stone, Alien & Sedition Acts
(2) M. McConnell, Permoli
(3) J. Weinstein, Masses Pub. Co.
(4) V. Blasi & S. Shiffrin, Barnette
(5) G. Bradley, Burstyn v. Wilson
(6) R. Garnett, Kedroff
(7) T. Berg, Engel & Schempp
(8) M-R. Papandrea, NYT v. Sullivan
(9) P. Secunda, Pickering
(10) A. Koppelman, Welsh
(11) L. BeVier, Red Lion
(12) R. Hasen, Buckley
(13) A. Samaha, FCC v. Pacifica
(14) S. Moss, Tinker
(15) K. Karst, Lukumi
(16) P. Horwitz, Santa Fe
(17) J. Choper, Van Orden & McCreary Co.

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Nov 9, 2011 8:51:45 AM

I don't have them in front of me, but if you don't mind my doing my best to use the picture to refresh my recollection: 1) Alien and Sedition Act; 2) Permoli v. New Orleans (religion); 3) Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten; 4) Barnette; 5) Burstyn v. Wilson; 6) Kedroff v. St. Nicholas Cathedral; 7) School Prayer Cases; 8) NYT v. Sullivan; 9) Pickering; 10) Welsh (religion/conscientious objection); 11) Red Lion; 12) Buckley; 13) Pacifica; 14) Tinker; 15) Morse v. Frederick; 16) Lukumi Babalu Aye; 17) Santa Fe ISD v. Doe; 18) Van Orden & McCreary.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Nov 9, 2011 8:50:37 AM

is there a link to the table of contents somewhere? I'd be curious to see which cases/stories were included.

Posted by: anon | Nov 9, 2011 8:37:15 AM

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