The First Amendment ensures that all Americans have the right to free speech, but it was only in the 20th century that the Supreme Court began to consistently enforce this basic freedom.
A renowned author and literary critic, Lewis explores how the First Amendment came to represent what it does today, taking a close look at how the courts, public opinion and the political will of the time have influenced its significance over the course of our country's development.
Anthony Lewis, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a columnist for The New York Times. His column, which appears on the Op-Ed page, is called Abroad at Home. Residing in Boston, he travels widely in this country and abroad. Prior to becoming a columnist he was based in Washington, D.C., covering the Supreme Court, and in London as its bureau chief.