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Thomas Jefferson

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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