A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Roth v. United States

Roth v. United States On 24 June 1957, the Supreme Court ruled (7–1) that the First Amendment did not protect pornography, and enunciated its first definition of obscenity: material that a typical person would consider as primarily concerned with lewdly exciting sexual desires. The Court revised this understanding of pornography in Miller v. California.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Roth v. United States," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed August 15, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UDCILJTIVPF9BQ.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Roth v. United States." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 15 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UDCILJTIVPF9BQ.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Roth v. United States' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 15 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UDCILJTIVPF9BQ.