The Supreme Court and Freedom of Expression, 1791-1917
This article identifies and discusses every U.S. Supreme Court decision between 1791 and 1917 which concerned freedom of speech or freedom of the press. It argues that modern courts should not use this caselaw to interpret the First Amendment.
Michael T. Gibson, The Supreme Court and Freedom of Expression, 1791-1917, 55 Fordham Law Review 263-333 (1986). Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_gibson/5