Selected Topics in Constitutional Law: First Amendment Seminar (4240)

In the landmark case of Schenck v. U.S. Justice Holmes famously wrote that When a nation is at war many things that might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its effort that their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight…” With this statement Holmes recognized a basic truism in U.S. law—in times of crisis government power expands and individual liberties—particularly the liberty to criticize government policies—contract. Surveying the course of U.S. history, from the cases stemming from the Sedition Act during the first Adams administration to those currently arising from the USA PATRIOT ACT during the “Global War on Terror,” this course examines many of the great cases that have determined the limits of free expression during times of national fear and military conflict. 

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  • Credits: 2