Newt’s World – Episode 197: The Immortals – John Wilkes

In 1760s London, John Wilkes was a champion of liberty and an advocate for free speech and freedom of the press.  He was an outspoken member of Parliament and in 1764 the House of Commons expelled him, but he was reelected.  The Founding Fathers of the United States were deeply shaped by Great Britain’s Parliamentary oppression of Wilkes.  Part of the Immortals leadership series.

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John Wilkes

January 19, 1764 – John Wilkes Expelled from Parliament –

John Wilkes – UK Parliament

John Wilkes – The First Amendment Encyclopedia – Middle Tennessee State University

John Wilkes – London National Portrait Gallery

The North Briton no. 45 – The British Library

Freedom of Press in Great Britain

Freedom of The Press in Eighteenth-Century England –