Free Speech Storyline
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Magna Carta, 1215Magna Carta establishes a Rule of Law for the people. Read more
William Tyndale, 1536William Tyndale executed for translating Bible into English. Read more
Anne Askew, 1546Anne Askew burns at the stake for speaking out. Read more
Roger Williams, 1636After being expelled by Puritan leadership, founds the Providence Plantation as a refuge offering freedom of conscience. Read more
English Civil War, 1642English Civil War shifts power of government to people. Read more
George Fox, 1647George Fox preaches radical Quaker thought. Read more
Mary Dyer, 1660Mary Dyer executed on Boston Common for expressing Quaker beliefs. Read more
William Penn, 1668William Penn sent to Tower of London for Quaker beliefs Read more
William Penn, 1670William Penn writes “The Great Case of Liberty of Conscience.” Read more
William Penn, 1682William Penn sails to Pennsylvania on the Welcome. Read more
English Bill of Rights, 1689English Bill of Rights assures Free Speech in Parliament. Read more
Andrew Hamilton, Esq., 1735Andrew Hamilton, Esq. wins first Free Speech trial in America. Read more
Declaration of Independence, 1776Declaration of Independence separates Colonies from English empire. Read more
Benjamin Chew, Esq., 1777Benjamin Chew, Esq becomes both patriot and traitor. Read more
U.S. Constitution, 1787U.S. Constitution and Amendments delineate the national framework of government and individual rights. Read more
Richard Allen, 1794Minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential black leaders. Founder of the first independent black denomination in the United States. Read more
American Civil War, 1865American Civil War abolishes two centuries of slavery. Read more
Sigmund Freud, 1886Sigmund Freud begins private practice of psychoanalysis. Read more
Violet Oakley, 1906Violet Oakley completes Free Speech murals in Harrisburg. Read more
Arthur B. Carles, 1910Arthur B. Carles shocks Philadelphia with new style of art. Read more
Martin Luther King, 1964Martin Luther King wins Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Read more
Robert Indiana, 1965Robert Indiana makes LOVE during the Pop Art Revolution. Read more
Fall of the Soviet Union, 1991Soviet Union dissolves into 15 Independent States. Read more
Free China: The Courage to Believe, 2012Free Speech Award: “Free China: The Courage to Believe” documents serious abuse of religious and human rights in China. Read more
Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview, 2013Free Speech Award: “Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview” promotes global collaboration and cooperation. Read more
Honor Diaries, 2015Free Speech Award: “Honor Diaries” features women's rights advocates with roots in Muslim-majority societies. Read more
I Will Not Be Silenced, 2016A story of courage, a partnership for justice, a country plagued by sexual violence. The beginnings of change for the women of Kenya. Read more
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