Of the American Bill of Rights, perhaps the forty-five words that comprise the First Amendment - allowing freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly, and the guaranty of the writ of habeas corpus - are the most precious. Yet, though only a legal expert could lay claim to truly understanding the meaning and intention of those basic freedoms, it is precisely the expert, kwing the complexity of the subject, who would be the first to hesitate in admitting the possession of such a thorough understanding. In analyzing such freedoms basic to American society, Milton Konvitz helps make comprehending such issues easier.
Milton R. Konvitz is professor emeritus of law and professor emeritus of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and author and/or editor of many important books on constitutional law, Judaic studies, and philosophy.