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Press and Speech Under Assault: The Early Supreme Court Justices, the Sedition Act of 1798, and the Campaign against Dissent

Wendell Bird

Abstract

The early Supreme Court justices wrestled with how much free press and speech is protected by the First Amendment, and with whether the Sedition Act of 1798 violated freedoms of press and speech. This book discusses the Supreme Court justices before John Marshall, their views of liberties of press and speech, and the Sedition Act prosecutions over which some of them presided. The book presents the views of the pre-Marshall justices about freedoms of press and speech, before the struggle of 1798–1801. It finds that their views were strikingly more expansive than the narrow definition of Sir Wil ... More

Keywords: freedom of press, freedom of speech, First Amendment, US Supreme Court justices, early republic, 1790s, Sedition Act, seditious libel, common law, common law crimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190461621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461621.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendell Bird, author
Visiting Scholar, Emory Law School