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Defining Documents in American History: The Free Press

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note

Editor’s Introduction


Liberty, Speech, and the Printed Word in Early Debates

From Areopagitica

Cato’s Letters: Of Freedom of Speech

John Peter Zenger Trial Transcript

James Madison on the Sedition Act of 1798

Debates over the Circulation of “Incendiary Publications”

Muckraking, Yellow Journalism, War, Sedition, and More

From How the Other Half Lives

The Sinking of the USS Maine

Lincoln Steffens: “The Shame of Minneapolis”

From The Jungle

Jane Addams: “Passing of the War Virtues”

Eugene V. Debs: Antiwar Speech

Remarks by Scott Nearing at His Trial

The Sedition Act of 1918

Schenck v. United States

Abrams v. United States

Gitlow v. New York

The Press Under a Free Government

Near v. Minnesota

A Free and Responsible Press

Smith-Mundt Act

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Radio, Television, Movies, Tapes, and Other Media in Past Decades

On The War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

Production Code of the Motion Picture Industry

A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy

One, Inc. v. Olesen

Newton Minow: “Television and the Public Interest”

Rachel Carson: Silent Spring

New York Times Co. v. Sullivan

Red Lion Broadcasting v. FCC

New York Times Co. v. United States

Branzburg v. Hayes

United States v. Nixon

FCC v. Pacifica

Hazelwood School District et al. v. Kuhlmeier et al.

Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell

Digital Dilemmas and Other Issues Today

Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union

“Mission to Niger” and the Valerie Plame Affair

“The Military’s Media”

Manning-Lamo Chat Logs

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Obsidian Financial LLC v. Cox

“McClatchy Editor Defends Publishing Al Qaeda Detail CNN, NY Times Held Back”

Fake News—Pope Francis’s Alleged Endorsement of Donald Trump

Snowden Email

Access Hollywood Tape of Donald Trump

From the John Podesta Email Hack

On Sinclair Broadcast Group and Media Monopolies

Trump-Putin Exchange regarding the Media; and Trump Tweet about Same


Chronological List

Web Resources