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Press and Speech Under AssaultThe Early Supreme Court Justices, the Sedition Act of 1798, and the Campaign against Dissent$
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Wendell Bird

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190461621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461621.001.0001

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The Initial Supreme Court Justices and Their Views on Freedoms of Press and Speech

The Initial Supreme Court Justices and Their Views on Freedoms of Press and Speech

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(p.113) 4 The Initial Supreme Court Justices and Their Views on Freedoms of Press and Speech
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Press and Speech Under Assault
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Wendell Bird

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461621.003.0004

Chapter 4 discusses the views of freedoms of press and speech of the first six justices of the US Supreme Court, before some reversed their positions during the battles over the Sedition Act of 1798, based on the published as well as the unpublished writings of those justices. The first six justices of the Supreme Court were John Jay, John Rutledge, William Cushing, James Wilson, John Blair, and James Iredell. None adopted William Blackstone’s narrow approach to liberties of press and speech before 1798, though two did thereafter. Instead, their views of those liberties were strikingly broad prior to 1798.

Keywords:   John Jay, John Rutledge, William Cushing, James Wilson, John Blair, James Iredell, Supreme Court Justices, freedom of press, freedom of speech, First Amendment

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