Black and white photograph of U.S. Supreme Court justices, 1932.

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1932

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1932.

Black and white photograph of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, 1931.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, 1931.

Black and white photograph of John L. Morrison, 1916.

John L. Morrison

John L. Morrison, 1916. Morrison published the Duluth magazine Rip-saw, which prompted state officials to create the Public Nuisance Law debated in the case, Near v. Minnesota.

Black and white photograph of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Pierce Butler, 1930.

Justice Pierce Butler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Pierce Butler, 1930.

Black and white image of the editorial page of the Minneapolis Saturday Press, October 25, 1927.

Minneapolis Saturday Press editorial page

Editorial page of the Minneapolis Saturday Press, October 25, 1927.

Near v. Minnesota, 1931

In early June 1931, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a little-known Minnesota statute was unconstitutional. The 1925 Public Nuisance Bill had been designed to close down newspapers deemed obscene or slanderous. The court’s decision set a national precedent for freedom of the press and censorship issues.

Black and white photograph of Karl Emil Nygard in 1933, when he was mayor of Crosby. Courtesy of the Nygard family.

Mayor Karl Emil Nygard

Karl Emil Nygard in 1933, when he was mayor of Crosby. Courtesy of the Nygard family.

Black and white photograph of Karl Emil Nygard in 1930, before he became the mayor of Crosby. Courtesy of the Nygard family.

Karl Emil Nygard

Karl Emil Nygard in 1930, before he became the mayor of Crosby. Courtesy of the Nygard family.

Black and white photograph of Charles Augustus Lindbergh testifying at the Air Mail Hearing before the Senate Post Office Committee, March 16, 1934.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh testifying at the Air Mail Hearing

Charles Augustus Lindbergh testifying at the Air Mail Hearing before the Senate Post Office Committee, March 16, 1934.

Black and white photograph of Charles August Lindbergh with his son Charles Augustus Lindbergh, c.1910.

Charles August Lindbergh with his son Charles Augustus Lindbergh

Charles August Lindbergh with his son Charles Augustus Lindbergh, c.1910.

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