The Interns at American INSIGHT spent six years of research and interviewed over a dozen scholars before they created the historical Free Speech Storyline below. Based upon a series of murals painted by a 27-year old artist from Philadelphia named Violet Oakley, the message of this story is as relevant today as it was when it first appeared on the walls of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg over a century ago.

Placed in reverse chronological order, each image follows the path of Free Speech as it made its way through a series of individuals, from the printing of the Bible in English to the creation of the United States Constitution. From the American Revolution through to today’s global digital revolution, the demand for Free Speech is an unstoppable force that continues to change all of our lives.

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival now carries the Free Speech Storyline forward each year by featuring its most recent Free Speech Award-winning film. Click each image to find out more…



CROSSROADS: Labor Pains of a New Worldview
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Sojourner Truth