Question of the Week
"Freedom of the Press" from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, August 24, 1861
An editorial published during the Civil War, the author warns the public of insidious Southern decrees that may misguide readers about the suppression of "treasonable presses" in New York. The editorial debates violation of the First Amendment, by declaring that all supporters of the secession are in fact traitors, and have no rights, including freedom of the press.
The Evening Bulletin was a Republican press and henceforth supported by the public authority in Philadelphia. Freedom for other press entities in the North, however, were heavily restricted due to pro-South biases.