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General Historical Materials
Alien & Sedition Acts of 1798
Amendments Offered in Congress by James Madison, June 8, 1789 (June 8, 1789)
Areopagitica (1918)
James Madison (papers)
On Liberty (2003 (1859))
Proposed Amendments to the Federal Constitution by the Select Committee, July 28,1789 (July 28,1789)
Proposed Amendments to the Federal Constitution, Passed by the House of Representatives, August 24, 1789 (August 24, 1789)
Proposed Amendments to the Federal Constitution, Passed by the Senate, September 9, 1789 (September 9, 1789)
Virginia Bill of Rights of 1776 (1776)
Virginia Resolution of 1798 (1798)
Historical Materials Regarding Petition and Assembly
Bill of Rights, secs. 5, 13, 2, (December 16, 1689)
Continental Congress, Declaration and Resolves (October 14, 1774)
Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)
House of Representatives, Amendments to the Constitution (Aug. 15,17,20, 1789)
John Locke, A Letter concerning Toleration (1689)
Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution 3:§§ 1887--88 (1833)
Magna Carta, c. 61 (1215)
Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, pt. 1, art. 19 (1780)
Pennsylvania v. Morrison (1795)
Petition of Right (June 1, 7, 1628)
Resolution of the House of Commons (1669)
Senate, Reception of Abolition Petitions (1836)
St. George Tucker, Blackstone's Commentaries 1:App. 299--300 (1803)
Stamp Act Congress, Declaration of Rights, sec. 13 (October 19, 1765)
The Tumultuous Petition Act 13 Chas. 2, st. 1, c. 5 (1661)
Thomas Jefferson, Instructions in the Virginia Convention to the Delegates to Congress (August, 1774)
Trial of the Seven Bishops for Publishing a Libel (1688)
William Blackstone, Commentaries 1:138--39 (1765)
William Blackstone, Commentaries 4:146--47 (1769)
William Lambarde, Eirenarcha 175--76 (1614 ed.)
William Rawle, A View of the Constitution of the United States 124 (1829, 2d ed.)
Historical Materials Regarding Speech and Press
A Plebeian, An Address to the People of the State of New-York (Spring, 1788)
Albemarle County Instructions concerning the Virginia Constitution (Fall, 1776)
An Act for Preventing the Frequent Abuses in Printing Seditious Treasonable and Unlicensed Books and Pamphlets and for Regulating Printing and Printing Presses (1662)
Benjamin Franklin, An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature in Pennsylvania, viz., The Court of the Press (September 12, 1789)
Cincinnatus, no. 2, TO James Wilson (November 8, 1787)
Congress, Amendments to the Constitution (June-September, 1789)
David Hume, Of the Liberty of the Press (1742)
Federal Farmer, no. 16 (January 20, 1788)
James Burgh, Political Disquisitions 3:246--52 (1775)
James Madison, Address of the General Assembly to the People of the Commonwealth of Virginia (January 23, 1799)
James Madison, Report on the Virginia Resolutions (January, 1800)
James Wilson, Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention (December 1, 1787)
John Marshall to a Freeholder (September 20, 1798)
Kentucky Constitution of 1799, Art. 10, Sec. 7 (1799)
Kentucky Resolutions (November 10, 1798; November 14, 1799)
Maryland Ratifying Convention, Proposed Amendment (April 29, 1788)
Montesquieu, Spirit of Laws, bk. 12, chs. 12--13 (1748)
People v. Croswell (1804)
Respublica v. Oswald (1788)
St. George Tucker, Blackstone's Commentaries, 1:App. 298--99, 2:App. 12--25, 27--30 (1803)
Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington (January 16, 1787)
Thomas Jefferson to James Madison (August 28, 1789)
Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell (June 14, 1807)
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1801)
United States v. Cooper (1800)
Virginia Declaration of Rights, sec. 12 (June 12, 1776)
William Blackstone, Commentaries 4:150--53 (1769)
Recent History
Reno v. ACLU (1997)
State Constitutions -- Early Petition & Assembly Clauses
Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, pt. 1, art. 19 (1780)
State Constitutions -- Early Speech & Press Clauses
Kentucky Constitution of 1799, Art. 10, Sec. 7 (1799)
Virginia Declaration of Rights, sec. 12 (June 12, 1776)
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