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Burning the Flag: The Great 1989-1990…

Burning the Flag: The Great 1989-1990 American Flag Desecration…

by Robert Justin Goldstein

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2937 Burning the Flag: The Great 1989-1990 American Flag Desecration Controversy, by Robert Justin Goldstein (read 21 Dec 1996) This tells the fascinating story of the flag-burning cases of Texas v. Johnson (1989) and U.S. v. Eichman (1990) and the firestorm that swept the country in 1989. The country was saved from a stupid constitutional amendment, but in 1995 the issue arose again and passed the House (only 120 votes against it) and only lost in the Senate by three votes. This is a superb book, and it really shows how ridiculous the pro-constitutional amendment backers are: some of their statements make me smile. The issue is simple: should unpopular expressions of opinion which do no harm to any person or any other person's property be forbidden? I am sure that in Nazi Germany it was forbidden to burn the Nazi flag--why would such a law in U.S. be good? The book is very good, although it is long and I am not sure that one needs to read 442 pages on the controversy. I surely hope the amendment never passes. ( )
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In 1989, a political fire storm erupted after the United States Supreme Court declared that dissidents had the constitutional right under the First Amendment to burn the flag. This work, based on research in legal, congressional and journalistic sources, discusses this controversy.

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In 1989 a political fire storm erupted after the United States Supreme Court declared that dissidents had the constitutional right under the First Amendment to burn the flag. To some, including President George Bush and many members of Congress, the flag was a sacred symbol of American freedoms. They believed its physical destruction posed a serious threat to the country and demanded a constitutional amendment to reverse the Court's decision. For those who defended the Court's ruling, flag desecration was a form of constitutionally protected free speech, and any attempt to forbid such conduct was seen as creating a dangerous precedent.Burning the Flag brings together the disciplines of law, journalism, political science, and history to explain and place the development of the controversy in its full context. It is based on extensive research in legal, congressional, and journalistic sources and on exclusive interviews with nearly 100 of the key players in the dispute, among them flag burners, judges, lawyers and lobbyists on both sides, members of Congress, congressional aides, and journalists. A timely addendum chronicles the late 1995 attempts once again to pass a constitutional amendment on flag desecration, adding to the significance of this readable account. Burning the Flag will be of value to both an academic and a general audience, particularly to civil libertarians, flag buffs, and those interested in popular media, American politics, modern American history, and constitutional law.… (more)

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