This section features classic statements of the importance of free speech from two of America’s preeminent statesmen-scholars, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Whether defending the right of the people to uncensored public information, standing up against the abridgement of free speech by the Alien and Sedition Acts passed during the Adams administration, or discussing the fundamental importance of education in a free society, these writings show that free speech and open inquiry are necessary ingredients for a just and free political system.