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Freedom of Speech

Thomas Paine: The original publishing viral superstar

January 10, 2019 By NCC Staff

On January 9, 1776, the publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense became the first viral mass communications event in America, an event so big that it still rivals today’s blockbuster movies and books.

Podcast: The future of digital free speech

July 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

At a special event in Los Angeles, CA, Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit, and Eugene Volokh of UCLA discuss current debates about speech online.

West Virginia v. Barnette: The freedom to not pledge allegiance

June 14, 2017 By Symone Mazzotta

On June 14, 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that public school students cannot be forced to salute and pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag.

Can President Trump block people on Twitter?

June 9, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

One legal group says that's a violation of the First Amendment.

Video: Floyd Abrams and the Soul of the First Amendment

May 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

Floyd Abrams, celebrated First Amendment lawyer, discusses his new book, The Soul of the First Amendment, and examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than anywhere else in the world.

Is the American free speech consensus under attack?

May 3, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.

Video: Defining Truth in Modern Politics

May 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Susan Glasser of POLITICO, Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN look at the rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media.

‘War against war’: Americans for peace in World War I

April 6, 2017 By Michael Kazin

In this commentary, Michael Kazin of Georgetown University reveals the diverse coalition of Americans that opposed U.S. entry into World War I.

Tinker v. Des Moines: Protecting student free speech

February 24, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

On February 24, 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that students at school retain their First Amendment right to free speech.

Proposed regulations for protests run up against First Amendment concerns

February 24, 2017 By Chris Calabrese

Do proposed laws in several state legislatures violate the Constitution's guarantee of free speech?

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