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Obscenity Rules
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For some, he was “America’s leading smut king,” hauled into court repeatedly over thirty years for peddling obscene publications through the mail. But when Samuel Roth appealed a 1956 conviction, he forced the Supreme Court to finally come to grips with a problem that had plagued both American society and constitutional law for longer than he had been in business. For while the facts of Roth v. United States were unexceptional, its constitutional issues would define the relationship of obscenity to the First Amendment.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Editors’ Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1. Toward Obscenity: Legal Evolution from Colonies to Comstock
  2. pp. 5-26
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  1. Chapter 2. Modernizing Free Speech: Politics, Sex, and the First Amendment in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 27-48
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  1. Chapter 3. Samuel Roth, From Art to Smut
  2. pp. 49-70
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  1. Chapter 4. The Absent Supreme Court: Obscenity Doctrine in the 1940s
  2. pp. 71-104
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  1. Chapter 5. Cold War, Hot Lust: Sexual Politics in the 1950s
  2. pp. 105-137
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  1. Chapter 6. Anatomy of a Case
  2. pp. 138-160
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  1. Chapter 7. Writing Roth: The Court Opines
  2. pp. 161-182
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  1. Chapter 8. The Two Roths: Liberalization, Regulation, and the Apparent Paradox of Obscenity in the 1960s
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. Chapter 9. From Porno Chic to New Critiques: Conservatives, Feminists, and Backlash to Obscenity
  2. pp. 201-222
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  1. Epilogue: After Obscenity?
  2. pp. 223-230
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  1. Major Cases Cited
  2. pp. 231-232
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Bibliographical Essay
  2. pp. 237-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-268
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 282-282
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