The History of Hate Speech Law in America

The United States differs from the rest of the world in the legal protection that it gives to hate speech. Why did the United States, starting in the 1930s, adopt this idiosyncratic approach to hate speech?

Lecture Description

There is no “hate speech law” in the United States. With the exception of speech that calls for imminent violence, hate speech is generally protected under the First Amendment. This lecture explains some of the reasons why the United States has taken a different path from the rest of the world when it comes to legal restrictions on hate speech.

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Civil Liberties, Security State Constitutional and Legal

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