Free Speech History Podcast


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Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 24 – Expert Opinion: Stephen Solomon part two - The Sedition Act

May 10, 2019

In 1787, the newly authored U.S. Constitution was sent out to the states for ratification. Despite fierce objections from Anti-Federalists, the Constitution did not include a bill of rights protecting freedom of speech and the press. The... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 23 – Expert Opinion: Stephen Solomon part one - The First Amendment

Apr 17, 2019

The First Amendment of the US Constitution was adopted as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791. This “Great bulwark of liberty” provides that  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free... Read more


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Episode 22 - Fighting Words - Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Mar 08, 2019

In the second half of the 18th Century American, Patriots showed that freedom of the press was a potent weapon against authority. Not even the world´s most formidable empire could stop them from speaking truth, lies and insults to power. In 1765 the... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 21 - The Bulwark of Liberty - Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part I

Feb 14, 2019

18th century America was impacted and influenced by the so-called Glorious Revolution in the Motherland. And no-one had a bigger impact on American attitudes towards freedom of speech than Cato’s Letters written by the Radical Whigs John Trenchard... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 20 - The Seeds of Enlightenment

Jan 25, 2019

1685 was a watershed year for events that would lead to what we call the Enlightenment. France´s Sun King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes and initiated a policy of religious persecution of Protestants. In England, the Catholic James II assumed... Read more

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