2563: Constitutional Rights
Collection:
Letter from America
Date:
1998-03-27
Content Type:
Manuscript
Language:
English
Container:
Box 62 Folder 7
Description:
Letter 2563. Cooke discusses the U.S. Constitution, its Amendments, and the ongoing process of interpretation. He elaborates on the First Amendment and discusses how varied interpretation of that Amendment have resulted in many court cases arguing for or against certain acts as violations of rights granted to citizens. He examines various interpretations of free speech and notes how Americans seem to prefer legislating for or against certain acts as opposed to the British reverence of tradition. Part of this results, Cooke implies, on the difficulties of interpreting Constitutional amendments and relying on the ruling of the Supreme Court to decide matters even at the risk of upsetting long-standing precedent. Recorded in New York City, Tuesday, Mar. 24, 1998. TS with holograph notes and corrections, 6 p.
Summary:
Letter 2563. Cooke discusses the U.S. Constitution, its Amendments, and the ongoing process of interpretation. He elaborates on the First Amendment and discusses how varied interpretation of that Amendment have resulted in many court cases arguing for or against certain acts as violations of rights granted to citizens. He examines various interpretations of free speech and notes how Americans seem to prefer legislating for or against certain acts as opposed to the British reverence of tradition. Part of this results, Cooke implies, on the difficulties of interpreting Constitutional amendments and relying on the ruling of the Supreme Court to decide matters even at the risk of upsetting long-standing precedent. Recorded in New York City, Tuesday, Mar. 24, 1998.
Associated Personal Entities:
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Associated Subjects:
Freedom of speech
United States. Constitution. 1st Amendment
United States. Constitution
Keywords:
Letter from America
1990s