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The Power of Free Expression in AmericaFrank Harris III and Jerry Dunklee

The Power of Free Expression in America

(First Edition)
Written and edited by Frank Harris III and Jerry Dunklee

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63189-333-9, 288 pages


The Power of Free Expression in America teaches students about the First Amendment, free speech, and the role of the press in a free society. Often called the “foundational freedom,” it’s essential that the everyday impact of the First Amendment is understood by every American.

The text provides an introduction to the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment. It also provides a definition of the news, coverage of journalistic ethics, public trust in the news media, broadcast regulations, the right to a fair trial versus freedom of the press, libel, and invasion of privacy.

The Power of Free Expression in America is a comprehensive study beginning with the historic roots of freedom of expression discussed in John Milton’s Areopagitica, moving to The Freedom Act, and posting on Twitter or Facebook. It uses news examples and court cases to cover First Amendment history and discuss its impact on events today.

The Power of Free Expression in America will work well for courses in journalism, communication, media studies, or any course that explores the First Amendment and press in the United States. It is also for anyone who wishes to better understand the First Amendment and its role.

Frank Harris III earned his master’s degree at The University of Texas, his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University, and is a professor of journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. Professor Harris is a columnist for The Hartford Courant, and his writing has appeared in over fifty newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune.
Jerry Dunklee holds a master’s degree from Emerson College and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. His career spans more than four decades as a broadcast reporter, news director, talk show host, and teacher. He has written for newspapers and magazines. He is a journalism professor at Southern Connecticut State University and has been inducted into the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame.

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Award-winning cover in the 2016 GDUSA American Inhouse Design Awards.

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