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Samuel Adams as Populus

Samuel Adams reacts strongly to the Stamp Act, “There is nothing so fretting and vexatious; nothing so justly terrible to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a FREE PRESS."

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Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington

In this famous letter to Edward Carrington, a fellow Virginian, Jefferson upholds the freedom of the people to criticize their government. The American people “are the only censors of their governors; and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty.”

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch On March 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson delivered his First Inaugural Address […]

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