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Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture

Robert L. Tsai


This book presents a theory of the First Amendment's development. During the twentieth century, Americans gained trust in its commitments, turned the First Amendment into an instrument for social progress, and exercised their rhetorical freedom to create a common language of rights. The book explains that the guarantees of the First Amendment have become part of a governing culture and nationwide priority. Examining the rhetorical tactics of activists, presidents, and lawyers, it illustrates how committed citizens seek to promote or destabilize a convergence in constitutional ideas. The book r ... More

Keywords: First Amendment, social progress, rights, activists, lawyers, presidents, constitutional ideas, courts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300117233
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117233.001.0001


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Robert L. Tsai, author

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