David L. Hudson Jr. writes new book on free speech

Friday, October 26, 2012

First Amendment Center scholar David L. Hudson Jr. has a new book out in Thomson Reuters’ Legal Almanac Series on “law for the layperson.” It’s The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech.

The book outlines in plain English the many, often controversial principles of First Amendment free-speech law. Possibly of greatest interest to the larger public would be the chapters on unprotected categories (such as “true threats” and “fighting words”); tort law (including defamation and invasion of privacy); and student speech in public schools.

Hudson is the author of Let the Students Speak: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools and a co-editor of  The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. He also has authored or co-authored more than 30 other books.