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Let the Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools (Let the People Speak) Original Edition

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“The lack of respect for student rights by overzealous school administrators is clearly evident in Let the Students Speak. This book is a must-read for free speech enthusiasts, especially when it comes to our future generations.”—Independent Register 

“This is an extraordinarily valuable book on the history of free speech in US schools.”—CHOICE

“An interesting and accessible read for upper high school and beyond, the book will appeal to educators, high school students, and parents.”—Library Journal

“Skillfully traces the threads of court opinion and student challenges that have shaped our understanding of students’ freedom to express themselves. Young readers with an interest in law will find Hudson’s book quite readable…"—VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"David Hudson's Let the Students Speak reflects a masterful blending of law and public policy as it focuses on key issues of free speech in the secondary school context. It should prove as useful and timely for First Amendment lawyers as for school administrators and the broader community, and of course for students and the groups in which they engage. Building on an impressive understanding of where the law has taken us in this field, Hudson wisely warns of the regrettable impact of government censorship upon far too many outspoken students and the messages they seek to convey."-Robert M. O'Neil, Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

“We too often forget that students are also citizens, with the full protection of the Bill of Rights. David Hudson’s authoritative history chronicles the key battles to protect students’ rights, detailing pivotal decisions and controversies in a succinct and compelling manner.”—Ken Paulson, President and CEO, First Amendment Center
 
“In Let the Students Speak!, David Hudson brings to life the riveting stories of Pearl Pugsley, Lillian and William Gobitis, Mary Beth and John Tinker and many other young people who challenged schools' efforts to punish their speech. Because it explains - in very accessible terms - the human and legal implications of these cases, this important and timely work is an extremely valuable read for anyone interested in the First Amendment, or in education matters generally.”—Helen Norton, Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Law
 
“I have profitably read many of David Hudson’s books, and this is among the best. The book is an erudite but engaging study of key cases that involve student speech and speech-related conduct that will prove especially fascinating to high school and college students. The book would make a wonderful supplement to classes studying the First Amendment and an excellent resource for teachers and school administrators seeking to grasp the nuances of student speech.”—Dr. John R. Vile, Professor of Political Science and Dean, University Honors College at Middle Tennessee University, author of Essential Supreme Court Decisions
 
“Through his work as a scholar with the First Amendment Center, David L. Hudson, Jr. has intimately familiarized himself not only with leading U.S. Supreme Court cases, many of whose participants he has personally interviewed, relative to student speech, but also with some of their obscure state and lower federal court precedents, all of which he skillfully weaves into his narrative. Although clearly aware of the importance of student speech, Hudson also highlights the dangers of “true threats” and “substantial disruption” that such speech can sometimes pose. There is no better book on student speech.”—Dr. John R. Vile, Professor of Political Science and Dean, University Honors College at Middle Tennessee University, author of Essential Supreme Court Decisions

About the Author

David L. Hudson, Jr. is a First Amendment Scholar with the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. He teaches at Vanderbilt Law School and Nashville School of Law. His articles have been published in the National Law Journal, ABA Journal, and Tennessee Bar Journal. He is a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association and a graduate of Duke and Vanderbilt Law School.
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Product Details

  • Series: Let the People Speak
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Original edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807044547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807044544
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hudson, one of the top First Amendment scholars in the country, writes a clear and concise history of student speech rights in public schools. Designed for a popular audience, particularly the students who are most closely connected to the books content, Hudson manages to address complicated Constitutional history without dumbing down or speaking over the reader's head. This is one in a series of books that I hope maintain the quality and integrity shown here.
Of particular interest to readers will be the historical vignettes and the storytelling approach taken through much of the book. Drawing readers in, this style keeps one engaged and brings the importance of First Amendment protection to life.
I really can't say enough about this book, other than to encourage others to give it a try. You won't regret it.
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You would be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable expert on student speech than David Hudson. His writing on this subject is clear and concise, and the depth of research and historical references in this book make Let the Students Speak! a must-have for anyone interested in First Amendment history and jurisprudence. As someone whose academic interests fall somewhere between history and civic education, for me this book hits the sweet spot. I highly recommend it.
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Well written, factual history of student's 1st Amendment rights from the days of rawhide discipline to cyberbullying. Pugsley, Tinkers, Fraser, and Hazelwood seem as familiar as my actual schoolmates. Excellent book.
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buy this book for a school project but I think it is very expensive
to read with kindle gives you problems always starts from the beginning and not where you left it or want to rent it dont buy it for less.
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