Arguably the first major form of mass media in the United States, print media and its regulations and freedoms has the most extensive history of any of the media regulations and freedoms examined on this site.  For the purposes of this timeline, print media ranges anywhere from pamphlets, to major newspapers or magazines.  It is also important to note that this timeline includes a few events that pertain to copyright, and although copyright doesn’t exclusively apply to print, it did not seem to warrant it’s own timeline.  Furthermore, some of the Supreme Court cases apply to free speech in general–for example the Miller Test for obscenity–but have been included in this timeline for convenience.  The following timeline highlights a variety of landmark Supreme Court cases and governmental regulations that shaped, and continue to shape, the freedoms and regulations of print media throughout the history of the United States.

 

Print Regulation Timeline

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