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.
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.
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.
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.
A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.
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.
In this commentary, Michael Kazin of Georgetown University reveals the diverse coalition of Americans that opposed U.S. entry into World War I.
On February 24, 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that students at school retain their First Amendment right to free speech.
Do proposed laws in several state legislatures violate the Constitution's guarantee of free speech?
Deborah Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown University discuss a big First Amendment case.