The Kingfish and the Constitution: Huey Long, the First Amendment, and the Emergence of Modern Press Freedom in America

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constitutional right of freedom of the press beyond the boundaries that had previously cabined that basic right, as Huey E Long finally made good on the threats that he had initiated against the press in 1930.


NOTES
1.
Editor & Publisher 63 ( June 21, 1930): 5.
2.
Ibid., 63 ( June 28, 1930): 8.
3.
Ibid., 63 ( June 21, 1930): 5.
4.
Ibid., p. 32.
5.
Quoted in Ibid., pp. 5, 6; Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, June 22, 1930, p. 4.
6.
Editor & Publisher 63 ( June 21, 1930): 6. A detailed description of the negotiations between Long and the New Orleans newspapers regarding the safeguarding of the expenditures of bridge and highway bond monies may be found in the New Orleans Item, June 4, 1930, p. 8.
7.
Editor & Publisher 63 ( June 21, 1930): 5.
8.
Ibid., 63 ( June 28, 1930): 8; 63 ( Sept. 13, 1930): 48.
9.
Ibid., 63 ( June 28, 1930): 8.
10.
Robert Allen Rutland, The Birth of the Bill of Rights ( New York: Collier Books, 1962), p. 212.
11.
Barron v. Baltimore, 7 Pet. 243, 249-50 ( 1833).
12.
Anthony Lewis, Make No Law ( New York: Random House, 1991), p. 59.
13.
[bid., pp. 53-54.
14.
Marvin Meyers, ed., The Mind of the Founder ( New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1973), pp. 341-42. On the status of freedom of expression during the founding period, see Leonard Levy, Emergence of a Free Press ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1985); on the operation of the Sedition Act, see James Morton Smith, Freedom's Fetters ( Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 1956); see also Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick, The Age of Federalism ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), pp. 691-726.
15.
Hurtado v. California, 110 U.S. 516 ( 1884); Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway Co. v. Chicago, 166 U.S. 226 ( 1897).
16.
Maxwell v. Dow), 176 U.S. 581 ( 1900); Patterson v. Colorado, 205 U.S. 454,462 ( 1907).
17.
Twining v. New, Jersey, 211 U.S. 78, 99-106 ( 1908).
18.
On the climate of opinion relative to civil liberties during and after World War I, see Julian F. Jaffe, Crusade against Radicalism ( Port Washington, N.Y: Kennikat Press, 1972); and Paul L. Murphy, The Meaning of Freedom of Speech (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972).
19.
Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 ( 1919).
20.
249 U.S. 47, 51-52.
21.
Quoted in Richard Polenberg, Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech ( New York: Viking, 1987), p. 34.
22.
Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211, 215 ( 1919).
23.
Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616, 627-29 ( 1919).
24.
250 U.S. 616, 630.
25.
Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652, 669-70 ( 1925).
26.
268 U.S. 652, 665-66.
27.
See Richard C. Cortner, The Supreme Court and the Second Bill of Rights ( Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1981), pp. 73-81.
28.
Ibid., pp. 66-73.

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  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Political Science ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • Notes xiv
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction: Huey Long, the Press, and the First Amendment in 1930 1
  • Notes 16
  • Chapter 2 - The Kingfish and the "Lying Newspapers" of Louisiana 19
  • Notes 44
  • Chapter 3 - The Kingfish Goes National 47
  • Notes 64
  • Chapter 4 - Guiding the Newspapers in the "Path of Rectitude": Censorship by Taxation 67
  • Notes 92
  • Chapter 5 - The Press Counterattacks 95
  • Notes 116
  • Chapter 6 - The Grosjean Case before the Three-Judge Court 119
  • Notes 148
  • Chapter 7 - The Appeal to the Supreme Court 149
  • Notes 171
  • Chapter 8 - Epilogue 175
  • Notes 185
  • Bibliographical Essay 187
  • Index 191
  • About the Author 197
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