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Cato's Letters

Cato’s Letters, 1720-1723

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch Two British journalists, John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, launched a series […]

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Gavel

The End of Seditious Libel, 1964

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch The landmark decision of New York Times v. Sullivan brought an […]

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Madison-Jefferson Letters on Advisability of a Bill of Rights, 1787-1789

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch The Constitution had been written and signed by the time that […]

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John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1869

John Stuart Mill (1807-1873) wrote what has become one of the most compelling defenses of freedom of speech. In his […]

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Federal Farmer Number 16, 1788

Letters from the Federal Farmer was a series of 18 articles published in the Poughkeepsie Country Journal in late 1787 […]

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Brandeis Concurring With Holmes in Whitney v. California, 1927

Justice Louis Brandeis articulated the American idea of freedom of speech many decades before the Supreme Court began expanding the […]

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Holmes Dissenting in Abrams v. United States, 1919

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes built his support for freedom speech atop the sturdy foundation of the marketplace of ideas, supported […]

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James Madison’s Report to the Virginia House of Delegates, 1800

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch, with valuable assistance from Maddie Donatucci, NYU 2021 James Madison, author […]

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