Recommended Readings from UC San Diego Faculty

Some First Amendment resources

Edited Supreme Court cases up through 2000, with brief explanations and context

  • Terry Eastland, ed., Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court: The Defining Cases (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). 

Communication law textbook written for undergraduate audiences

  • Thomas L. Tedford & Dale Herbeck, Freedom of Speech in the United States, 8th ed. (Strata Publishing, 2017).

The political theoretical basis of free speech

  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859).
  • Alexander Meiklejohn, Political Freedom: The Constitutional Powers of the People (Harper, 1948).
  • C. Edwin Baker, Human Liberty and Freedom of Speech (Oxford, 1989).

An overview of many central issues and controversies in free speech law

  • Harry Kalven, Jr., A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America (Harper & Row, 1988).
  • Owen M. Fiss, Liberalism Divided: Freedom of Speech and the Many Uses of State Power (Westview, 1996). 

A historical overview of the evolution of the First Amendment, especially as impacted in wartime

  • Geoffrey Stone, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (Norton, 2004).

The problem of hate speech

  • Harry Kalven, Jr., The Negro and the First Amendment (Ohio State University Press, 1965).
  • Donald Alexander Downs, Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community and the First Amendment (University of Notre Dame Press, 1985).
  • Mari Matsuda, Charles Lawrence, Richard Delgado, Kimberle Crenshaw, Words That Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment (Westview, 1993).
  • Review of Words That Wound by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Let Them Talk,” The New Republic (September 20, 1993) http://www.oocities.org/djmabry/afro/speechgates.html
  • Randall Kennedy, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (Pantheon, 2002).

Campus hate speech codes

Kiki Jamieson, “Paved with Good Intentions: The University of Wisconsin Speech Code,” in Heumann & Church, eds., Hate Speech on Campus (Northeastern University Press, 1997), pp. 171–186.