Age of Trump: Re-reading Anthony Lewis’ eloquent ode to freedom of the press
WGBH - 03/02/2017
Freedom of speech and of the press as we understand them today did not spring wholly formed from the minds of the Founders. For more than a century after it was enacted, the First Amendment received little more than lip service. John Adams imprisoned his critics under the Sedition Act, as did Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. The Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs was locked up for opposing American involvement in World War I — which didn’t stop him from receiving nearly a million votes in the 1920 presidential election.