More than a century later, in World War I, Americans were sentenced to 20 years in prison for throwing anti-war leaflets off a rooftop in New York.
Now, post-9/11, the great commentator and longtime New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis is looking at the health and history of free speech today.
This hour, On Point: Anthony Lewis and freedom of speech.
Anthony Lewis, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former columnist for The New York Times, where he worked from 1948 to 2001. His new book is "Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment."
This program aired on January 10, 2008.