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By: Alexander Gorokhovskiy
The modern American conception of freedom of speech comes from the principles of freedom of the press, and freedom of religion as they developed in England, starting in the seventeenth century. The arguments of people like John Milton on the importance of an unlicensed press, and of people like John Locke on religious toleration, were all the beginning for the idea of the “freedom of speech”. By the year of 1791, when the First Amendment was ratified, the idea of “freedom of speech” was so widely accepted that it became the primary, and a very important issue in the amendment. “Freedom of press” came with it to insure that the written and printed as well as oral communication was protected: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” From the 1791 and until the beginning of the twentieth century the idea of “freedom of speech” and the “freedom of press” was not interfered...
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