Document Type

Honors Project


In its 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut holding, the Supreme Court declared privacy a fundamental right. President Johnson, Nixon and the media also publicly championed privacy rights at this time; yet, the legislature did not officially recognize the right to privacy until the Federal Privacy Act of 1974. I argue that the divergent privacy discourses between the Court and Congress gave privacy dual-momentums to take hold in America. This paper examines the politics of these nine years, which have been virtually overlooked as to how the concept of privacy evolved and became manifested in different efforts to actualize the newly emergent discourse of rights.



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