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February 24, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(8):629-634. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020293017

I have chosen a most serious theme, quite well realizing that, far more than we dream, we are making history in our deliberations. The subject may sound somewhat strange. To many of us, the freedom of the press is an accomplished fact, and we listen to the term as one listens to the battle-cry of some ancient age. It is, therefore, not an easy subject to discuss, for two reasons. First, as I have said, we are very prone to take for granted that the freedom of the press is one of the fundamental liberties that were wrought out and won by the heroic endeavors of our fathers, and that it is a fixed and immutable heritage of us, their sons, and as changeless as the process of the stars. The second reason for the difficulty of my theme is that unconsciously we think of the freedom which is ours,

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