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The Lenny Bruce Trials

Lecture no. 12 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

The Lenny Bruce Trials

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Today, Lenny Bruce is considered a trailblazer of American stand-up comedy addressing the now-common themes of politics, sex, and religion. But in the 1950s and ‘60s, he was considered an obscene subversive, and arrested numerous times. Explore the ways in which Bruce and the First Amendment affected each other. Today’s authors, publishers, poets, and comedians owe a debt of gratitude to Bruce.

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