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Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) Paperback – September 24, 2013


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  • Series: Landmark Law Cases and American Society
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700619372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700619375
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Strub combines a sweeping review of American history with the richness of biography and insightful analysis. He offers a deep and subtle understanding of the most significant Supreme Court case on obscenity, as well as a profound commentary on the complex, contradictory sexual politics of the decades since World War II." John D'Emilio, coauthor of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America

"A first-rate cultural history and an important contribution to understanding the unsteady course of First and Fourth Amendment freedoms in the United States." Jay A. Gertzman, author of Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

"An important and meticulously researched study of the pivotal case in the Supreme Court's anguished attempts to balance the right of people to read, see, and hear what they wish against society's interest in protecting itself." Laura Wittern-Keller, coauthor of The Miracle Case: Film Censorship and the Supreme Court

About the Author

Whitney Strub is an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University in Newark and the author of Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Gertzman on October 7, 2013
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In its thorough review of the distinctions between "legal" and "cultural" definitions of obscenity, Whitney Strub's book is an important contribution to understanding the unsteady course of First and Fourth Amendment freedoms in the United States. His specifying of the actions of publishers, jurists, and lawyers over a century of distribution and prosecution of sexually explicit materials is first rate cultural history.

Dr Strub is especially impressive, and original, in his analysis of the application of the "Clear and Present Danger" concept. He discusses it (and its abuses) not only in the context of political speech, but in the context of sexually explicit writing. This is the only place I have seen this done.
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Whitney Strub was born on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, grew up in the barely pre-Palin Wasilla, Alaska, and currently resides in South Philadelphia. An assistant professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, he's also an affiliate member of the American Studies and Women's & Gender Studies programs, and his work on the sexual politics of obscenity and pornography has appeared in American Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Women's History, and elsewhere. He spends what is probably an inordinate amount of time taking pictures of his cats.

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