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United States v. Thomas Cooper: A Violation of the Sedition Law

presents facsimiles of 8 printed and hand-written documents surrounding the case of Thomas Cooper, a lawyer and newspaper editor in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, who was indicted, prosecuted, and convicted of violating the Sedition Act after he published a broadside in 1799 that sharply criticized President John Adams. The case is famous in the annals of the Bill of Right’s First Amendment. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Government. (National Archives and Records Administration)

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Newspaper Broadside Filed in United States v. Thomas Cooper.  Record Group 21, Records of the District Courts of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration. ARC Identifier: 278967

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