Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

Free Speech and the Living Constitution

278 pages

September, 1993

ISBN: 9780814766224



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H. L. Pohlman is Associate Professor at Dickinson College and author of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Utilitarian Jurisprudence.

All books by H. L. Pohlman

"Persuasive. A welcome addition."
The Journal of Legal History

"A masterly exposition of the complex details of Holmes' Supreme Court work."
The Core Review

In this work, H.L. Pohlman calls for a new interpretation of Holmes as a moderate defender of free speech, and provides a window into Holmes' basic understanding of American constitutionalism. Pohlman argues that Holmes played a crucial role in the development of the idea that the Constitution is a living entity, an idea that differed radically from nineteenth-century antecedents.