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"Tsesis lays out theoretical foundations that he argues should be intrinsic to a representative democracy . . . an important contribution to the literature about civil liberties and human rights."


"[A] comprehensive and brilliant book from both a historical and analytical perspective. Drawing from the lessons of history, Alexander Tsesis shows persuasively the relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment to a wide range of the social and economic issues currently facing America, and he offers highly creative arguments that support the use of congressional power under the Thirteenth Amendment as a potent and effective means of meeting and resolving these issues."

-G. Sidney Buchanan,Baker & Botts Chaired Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

"Tsesis vigorously presents a set of arguments that are rarely found in the conventional legal literature. . . . An interesting and challenging book."

-Sanford V. Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. ,Centennial Chair in Law and Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

"The genuine accomplishment of Tsesis's to focus the hate speech debate on explicitly normative issues."

-Michigan Law Review

About the Author

Alexander Tsesis is Assistant Professor at at the Loyola University School of Law, Chicago.


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Product Details

  • Series: Critical America
  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (August 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814782728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814782729
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,700,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alexander Tsesis has written on a variety of subjects, including the legal history of civil rights, the abolition of slavery, equal protection, due process, women's rights, children's rights, hate crimes, hate speech, and constitutional theory. His publications include five books: For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press 2012), We Shall Overcome: A History of Civil Rights and the Law (Yale University Press 2008), Destructive Messages: How Hate Speech Paves the Way for Harmful Social Movements (New York University Press 2002), The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom (New York University Press 2004), and The Promises of Liberty: Thirteenth Amendment Abolitionism and Contemporary Relevance (Columbia University Press 2010).

Tsesis is a Professor of Law at the Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law. He teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and seminars devoted to civil rights issues and constitutional interpretation.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenny O. on August 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In his first full-length book, Alexander Tsesis, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, liberates the discussion about hate speech from the realm of pure legal theory. Instead, he brings to the debate historical and psychological perspectives that lead to a broader understanding of this issue.

The book is written in a clear, thoughtful and straightforward style that is accessible to the academic reader and a more general audience alike. If you are looking for one book on hate speech, make it this one.

(Full disclosure: I know Alex)
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