A twelve-year-old steals his parents’ credit card and gets on a plane to Bali.
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1600. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Volume V, Number 4 | fall 2012
For publishing an editorial critical of John Adams’ Federalist administration in 1798, Vermont congressman Matthew Lyon became the first U.S. citizen tried under the Sedition Act. He was fined $1,000 and sentenced to four months in federal jail. He ran his reelection campaign from prison, winning by a two-to-one margin. He resumed his post upon release.
Why has the government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.—Alexander Hamilton, 1787
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