The nationalization of the First Amendment

December 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

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During the 19th century, the First Amendment had not meant much to individual Americans. States still assumed enormous powers to restrict freedoms. But after World War I, a set of Supreme Court decisions – Gitlow v. New York and Near v. Minnesota – established the precedent that the First Amendment applied to states and to individuals. University of Tennessee professor Dwight Teeter discusses how these decisions came about.

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