I ran across this article in the ABA Journal and found it very interesting.

“One hundred years ago, modern First Amendment jurisprudence was born with an opinion called the “great dissent.” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes—along with Louis Brandeis—dissented in a case called Abrams v. United States, a case involving five Russian immigrants charged with violating the Sedition Act of 1918, a federal law designed to quell criticism of the government.

In 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court grappled with a series of cases involving the speech of political dissidents charged with violating federal laws designed to quell criticism of the U.S. war effort, draft, or policy toward foreign nations. Historian Paul Murphy famously referred to this period with his book titled World War I and the Origin of Civil Liberties in the United States.” Read more

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