How free is free speech?
Seven years after the Bill of Rights was ratified, guaranteeing freedom of speech, Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1798, prohibiting criticism of the Government. That same year, Congressman Matthew Lyon was convicted for criticizing President John Adams in a newspaper article. This document charged the U.S. Marshal for the District of Vermont to jail Lyon for four months and fine him $1,060.96. Lyon would win re-election to Congress from his jail cell while the Sedition act was allowed to expire two years later.
This kind of mystery meat is more trick than treat!
Halloween is right around the corner, and at the National Archives we are well versed in the creepiest, weirdest records of the Federal government. Here’s one of our favorites that’s sure to make you shudder with fear (or at least skip a meal).
In the mood for more creepy records? See the rest at: Weird Records from the Depths of the Archives
What’s the creepiest food you’ve ever had?
Princess Party, 1940s-style
Picnic for Princess Juliana of the Netherlands at Val-kill, Hyde Park, New York, October 9, 1943.
L-R: Secret Service, Secret Service, Princess Irene, Princess Beatrix, Princess Juliana, Mrs. J.R. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt in background with unidentified man, FDR, children’s nurse, Grace Tully, Ethel Roosevelt (Mrs. FDR, Jr.). Photo by Margaret Suckley.