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Essay on Freedom of the Press

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Freedom of the press is part of the five main freedoms represented in the first amendment of the constitution of the United States. The constitution was ratified in 1791 putting freedom of the press in full development. Since then many cases have evolved with this freedom, and the freedom had some role of developing future amendments and technology in modern day. Freedom of the press had a history even before its ratification, it helped to solve many court cases, and is used throughout modern times. First of all, this is the definition of freedom of the press from lawbrain.com. Freedom of the press guarantees the rights, “to gather, publish, and distribute information and ideas without government restriction or restraint”. Also it is…show more content…
It has pointed to this people their danger and their remedy. It has set before them liberty and slavery…” (Illinoisfirstamendmentcenter.com). This showed that Adams was proud of what he accomplished but also saw the power of the press and how people can get manipulated by the press. Before this newspapers never included criticism and topics against the government. Newspapers played a critical role after the American Revolution. Journalists criticized the Articles of Confederation and showed how worthless the American dollar was. Even though the Freedom of the Press was issued in the constitution, it was soon shut down with the implement of Sedition Act of 1798. Restrictions on the press were put in place. It was illegal, “to write, print, utter or publish, or cause it to be done, or assist in it, any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States (constitution.org). Many people disliked it and the Sedition Act was pronounced unconstitutional in 1832. This was the beginning of the “Fourth Estate” which means the press watching over the government like a watchdog. As the 19th century progressed the biggest focus of the news was politics. “Slavery, presidential elections, the suffrage movement, temperance, free education and foreign policy were news and started social change with so many national issues. Soon after pictures were being formed in the newspaper and cartoons were being created to depict the lives of
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