Image 2.8 A typical example for
a Parisian printer, 1795-1796, Archives Nationales, Paris (Hesse,
"Liberty of the press and
all the other ways to publish men's thoughts can not be forbidden,
suspended, nor limited..."
This is a perfect example of the kinds of
printed materials that were being circulated during and immediately
following the Revolution. Freedom of each individual's mind and
his own preferred form of expression were considered the most
natural human rights, and were stressed in newspapers. In stating
a universal freedom, this idea argued most radically for the voice
of the lower-classes who had previously lacked any representation.