American heroes : in and out of school / Nat Hentoff.

Focuses on the legal battles of ten students, librarians, and others seeking to protect the Bill of Rights, with an emphasis on the areas of free speech and civil rights.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Hentoff, Nat.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Delacorte Press, c1987.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Most of this volume by the noted civil libertarian lives up to the promise of the title. These are the compelling, true stories of high school students who endure censure by adults they'd been taught to obey and the taunts of friends and peers who ostracize them. Hentoff does not present both sides of issues, but instead offers the reader inspirational tales of ordinary youngsters who feel they must stand up for First Amendment principles. Nearly as moving are the stories of the librarians who battled evangelists and small-minded politicians in the name of the free exchange of ideas. Midway through the book, however, Hentoff shifts gears, devoting two chapters to a minibiography of Joan Baez as a nonviolent activist, and two more chapters to the horrors of corporal punishment in the schools, which bogs down the book with too much detail and exhortation. But readers will likely find the first half of the book stirring. All ages. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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