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America's Lone Star ConstitutionHow Supreme Court Cases from Texas Shape the Nation$
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Lucas A. Powe Jr.

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297807

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297807.001.0001

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Freedom of Speech and the Press

Freedom of Speech and the Press

(p.135) Eight Freedom of Speech and the Press
America's Lone Star Constitution

Lucas A. Powe Jr.

University of California Press

This chapter examines Supreme Court cases that were filed over the issue of freedom of speech and the press in Texas. In 1943, the Texas legislature passed the anti-labor Manford Act, which required labor unions and union agents to register and file comprehensive annual reports, while also forbidding them from making political contributions. The Manford Act was immediately put to the test by R. J. Thomas, president of the United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implements Union and vice president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The chapter first discusses this case before analyzing other cases that followed, including those involving John Stanford, Louis C. Acker, Ray Hill, and Billie Sol Estes. It also considers Allee v. Medrano, Texas v. Johnson, and the issue of license plates in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Keywords:   freedom of speech, freedom of the press, R. J. Thomas, John Stanford, Louis C. Acker, Ray Hill, Billie Sol Estes, Allee v. Medrano, Texas v. Johnson, license plates

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