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History

History Speaks: 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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History Speaks: 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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History Speaks: 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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History Speaks: Junius Wilkes on Protections Even for “False and Groundless” Reports

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch A writer who took the name Junius Wilkes made a critical […]

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History Speaks: Father of Candor Anticipated New York Times v. Sullivan Over 250 Years Ago

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch Father of Candor launched one of the most far-reaching attacks on […]

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History Speaks: Cincinnatus to James Wilson, 1787

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch Cincinnatus (No. 2) to James Wilson 8 November 1787 After the Constitution […]

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History Speaks: Candid, 1782

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon Candid argued in 1782 for new protections for the press from seditious libel. The press […]

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History Speaks: Essays – John Milton Areopagitica, 1644

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch John Milton (1608-1674), author of Paradise Lost, was not only one […]

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