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5/21/07: The History of Free Speech

Photo by Mike Goren
Photo by Mike Goren

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – The Bill of Rights became part of the US Constitution in 1791, but the battle to define and protect free speech has been an ongoing one. There were campaigns to suppress smut like the work of George Bernard Shaw in the late 19th century. Upton Sinclair was arrested in 1923 for reading the First Amendment on Liberty Hill. Still today, the Patriot Act has served as fuel for the ongoing debate about what it means to express ourselves in a democracy. Historian and activist Christopher Finan joins Doug Monday for a look at the history of free speech in America.

  • On Wednesday, May 23rd, at 7:00 p.m., Christopher Finan will read from his book From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America. For more information, call the store at 484-9100 or click here
  • On Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. Christopher Finan will be the featured speaker at the ACLU's annual Bill of Rights Celebration at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City. Tickets are available on-line or by calling 521-9862.

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