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U.S. v. Lyon, U.S. v. Cooper, and U.S. v. Callender: The Sedition Act Trials

The rise of political parties and the threat of war raise questions about the rights of free speech and a free press.

Famous Federal Trials

by Bruce A. Ragsdale, Director, Federal Judicial History Office, Federal Judicial Center

Learn about the case — historical background and documents

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Congressional Debate on the Sedition Bill — A Primary Source Activity

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The Combined Trial of Lyon, Cooper, and Callender — A Simulation Activity

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The Sedition Act of 1798 and the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-1918 — A Comparative Activity

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The Sedition Act and Civil Liberties — A Document-Based Question

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Resources for Judges and Educational Outreach

The Sedition Act Trials — Suggestions for Judges

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