Published on Mar 30, 2017
The press has praised Laura Weinrib's The Taming of Free Speech: America's Civil Liberties Compromise (Harvard, 2016). The book traces workers’ right to strike between 1910 and 1940, and the American Civil Liberties Union calculated bargain to defend their rights. The US National Archives invited Weinrib to discuss her book in conjucture with the exhibit, Amending America.
David Cole, the national legal director of the ACLU, writing in the New York Review of Books, called The Taming of Free Speech an "important revisionist history of the origins of American civil liberties." In his Wall Street Journal review, Samuel Moyn, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor at Harvard, says "Weinrib’s book is an extraordinary reminder of why history matters to the present."
Weinrib is an assistant professor of law, the Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar, and an associate faculty member of history. The Department of History extends associate membership as a matter of collegial courtesy because of general shared intellectual interests and scholarly distinction. Weinrib regularly cross lists her law courses with the department and is available to students as an advisor.