Americans are more supportive of free speech than any other people. 95 % of Americans think it’s “very important” to be able to criticize the government without censorship and 77% support the right to offend religious feelings. But in 17th Century colonial America, criticizing the government, officials or the laws
- Howthe crime of seditious libel was exported to colonial America
- Why peddlers of “fake news” were seen as enemies of the state
- Why a Harvard student was whipped for blasphemy
- Why four Quakers were hanged in Boston and many more whipped, branded and jailed
- How colonies like Pennsylvania, Carolina and Maryland combined religious tolerance with laws against religious offense,
- HowRoger Williams´ ”Rogue Island” and West New Jersey adopted policies of radical religious toleration
- The dangers of mixing alcohol and politics in Maryland
- How William Penn promoted religious tolerance and political intolerance
- How the colonies operated a strict licensing regime to suppress printing
- HowJohn Wise protested taxation without representation and became “America’s First Great Democrat”
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