Live Free or Die: The Contested History of the Words on your License Plate

Presenter: Dan Billin

In 1969, when New Hampshire officials decided to put the state’s motto – “live free or die” -- on its license plates, many citizens viewed the act as an endorsement of the deeply unpopular war being waged in Vietnam and protested by covering up or altering the motto. In response, authorities cracked down hard: arresting, fining, and sometimes even incarcerating those who engaged in duct-tape dissent. People appealed their convictions, sparking a legal contest over the First Ammendment that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. In this multi-media presentation, historian and former newspaper reporter Dan Billin tells a uniquely New Hampshire tale illustrating the genius -- and the fragility -- of the First Amendment. 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023 7:00pm


Chamberlin Free Public Library
46 Main Street
Greenville NH 03048

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Chamberlin Free Public Library

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