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Thomas Jefferson

Teacher Guide: The Sedition Act of 1798

Passed only seven years after the ratification of the Constitution, the Sedition Act forced the young country to decide not just whether it was truly dedicated to freedom of speech, but also what that idea would even mean in a democratic republic. 

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When Benjamin Franklin’s Grandson was Jailed for Criticizing President Adams

For those who cannot imagine a time less favorable to a free press than the present moment, Ronald K.L. Collins' essay serves as a useful reminder that some of the biggest threats to the First Amendment took place in the first decade following ratification.

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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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Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington

By Professor Stephen D. Solomon, Editor, First Amendment Watch As minister to France, Thomas Jefferson could view his country from […]

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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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