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Freedom of the ScreenLegal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981$
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Laura Wittern-Keller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124513

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124513.001.0001

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The First Amendment Resurfaces, 1946–1950

The First Amendment Resurfaces, 1946–1950

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Freedom of the Screen

Laura Wittern-Keller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the arrival of the First Amendment in the arguments regarding movie censorship. It looks at several major speech-protection breakthroughs in the years following the Second World War, and how these cases stretched the First Amendment to fit new speech circumstances. The discussion shows that although movie producers sought to use the First Amendment as a form of protection against film censorship, this proved to be far beyond their reach.

Keywords:   First Amendment, movie, film censorship, speech protection, breakthroughs, Second World War

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