Liberty's Refuge The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly John D. Inazu

Publication date:
24 Jan 2012
Yale University Press
288 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
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This original and provocative book looks at an important constitutional freedom that today is largely forgotten: the right of assembly. While this right lay at the heart of some of the most important social movements in American history - abolitionism, women's suffrage, the labour and civil rights movements - courts now prefer to speak about the freedoms of association and speech. But the right of 'expressive association' undermines protections for groups whose purposes are demonstrable not by speech or expression but through ways of being.

John D. Inazu demonstrates that the forgetting of assembly and the embrace of association loses sight of important dimensions of our constitutional tradition.

John D. Inazu is associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis.

"An original, important, and provocative (in a good way) work... Inazu writes beautifully, he has researched exhaustively, and he keeps the reader's attention through an impressive range of topics and history...The book is a pleasure to read,"—Robert K. Vischer, author of Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and State