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Free Speech Clause: Origins and purposes

 

March 1, 2021



The guarantee of freedom of speech, central to Americans’ participation in self-governance and the life of the nation, is secured by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Ratified in 1791, the Free Speech Clause provides: “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.”

The right to freedom of speech is derived from English law and tradition. At the time of the drafting of...



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