Gitlow v. New York & The 1st Amendment
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Hey, I'm Benjamin Gitlow and he's Alan Larkin
We're publishers of The Revolutionary Age, a newspaper in which we printed “The Left Wing Manifesto”
In it, we advocated for the overthrow of the U.S. government. But we were just exercising our freedom of the press right?
That's not what the New York City police thought!
We were convicted...
And our case eventually reached Supreme Court.
That's right, our case ended up here.
Yup! And though it didn't end so well for us, the case was a win for the people of America.
But how? And why?
You see, under the 14th Amendment (specifically the due process clause), the 1st Amendment isapplicable to the federal government AND state governments.
So then how did it end?
Though the case did not end in our favor (our conviction was upheld), the Supreme Court's rule expanded 1st Amendment protections for individuals, specifically on the state level.
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