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Free Speech Handbook

A Practical Framework for Understanding Our Free Speech Protections

Written by Ian Rosenberg; Illustrated by Mike Cavallaro

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ISBN10: 1250619750
ISBN13: 9781250619754


272 Pages



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Freedom of speech is fiercely defended in America and has been since the First Amendment was written. But how does it work, and what laws shape it? Drawing on parallels between ten seminal Supreme Court cases and current events, Free Speech Handbook lays out the fundamentals of First Amendment law in an accessible and engaging way.


Praise for Free Speech Handbook

"A captivating read for any engaged citizen in today’s turbulent marketplace of ideas."—Juju Chang, Emmy Award–winning co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline

"This remarkable book is a joy. It celebrates the First Amendment in a manner that readers young and old can savor and learn from."—Floyd Abrams, First Amendment lawyer and author of The Soul of the First Amendment

"Teens learning about free speech in history or civics classes will appreciate this accessible overview."Booklist

"[An] informative and inspiring guide."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the author

Written by Ian Rosenberg; Illustrated by Mike Cavallaro

Ian Rosenberg has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer, and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. A graduate of Cornell Law School, he is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. He is the author of The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms (NYU Press 2021).

Mike Cavallaro is from New Jersey and has worked in comics and animation since the early 1990s. His comics include Eisner Award–nominated Parade (with fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28 (written by J.M. DeMatteis), Foiled and Curses! Foiled Again (written by Jane Yolen), Decelerate Blue (written by Adam Rapp), and The Nico Bravo series.

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