This book reflects my synthesis of the core jurisprudence of the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech, which I have distilled over the past twenty years or so of teaching and writing in this field. I must gratefully acknowledge the many fine scholars whose work has helped to shape my understanding of free speech issues. Much of their scholarship is cited in the bibliographic essay included in this book. I hope that I have done their work justice.
I also wish to express my appreciation to the many law students who have taken my classes on freedom of speech over the years. I have gained, and continue to gain, insight into these rich materials through our class discussions. Many are the classes that I have left thinking differently about a free speech case or issue than when I had entered. That has always been my definition of a good class, and I am very grateful to my students for having giving me many such classes.
Finally, I wish to thank Gail Nelson for her contribution to this project. She is responsible for transforming my drawing of the chart depicting free speech methodology on page 79 into its present form. She also spent more hours than she cares to remember incorporating many of my manuscript revisions. I also would like to thank Stephanie Mitchell for her help in incorporating manuscript revisions as well.
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