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CensorshipEdited by Paul Von Blum
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Edited by Paul Von Blum

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-924-0, 826 pages


Censorship is a casebook designed to help readers understand the complexities of censorship and expressive freedom in America during the past century. The cases and other materials presented in this volume reveal many of the high and low points in the continuing struggle between the promise of the First Amendment and the reality of intermittent censorship and government interference. By focusing on concrete cases and examples, the volume encourages students and other readers to explore the underlying conflicts of values that First Amendment and censorship controversies promote.

Censorship is divided into four thematic units:

  • Freedom of Communication: The First Amendment and its Many Limitations
  • Schools and Freedom of Expression
  • The Arts and Censorship
  • Reputational Censorship: Beyond the First Amendment

Paul Von Blum is senior lecturer in African American studies and communication studies at University of California, Los Angeles, where he has taught since 1980, after 11 years of faculty service at the University of California, Berkeley. He has received distinguished teaching awards at both University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Los Angeles. Trained originally as a lawyer at University of California, Berkeley, he has handled racial profiling and other public interest cases for 40 years. He is the author of six previous books and over 100 articles on art and cultural history, law, education, and politics.

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