The Issue Of Freedom Of Expression

1277 WordsNov 25, 20146 Pages
Everything that we consider to be freedom of expression such as, Freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, petition, and of association are all protected by our First Amendment. The Supreme Court has previously said that this freedom is "the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom." Without this, all other constitutional rights like the right to vote, would wither and die. Despite being the First of twenty-seven amendments in our constitutional hierarchy, the nation 's commitment to freedom of expression has been put to the test time and time again. These problems tend to arise during times when the United States is under some sort of stress from international conflict, or social protest happening here at home. People who have exercised their First Amendment rights during a time of social or economic conflict have been censored, fined, even placed in jail. Those with controversial political ideas have always borne the brunt of government repression. It was during the First World War that a person could be jailed just for giving out pamphlets opposing the war. Also, during the civil rights movement, people were beaten and jailed for picketing and protesting. People have also been trialed for discussing Darwin’s theory of evolution. It was out of those early cases that modern First Amendment law evolved. Many struggles, court cases and conflicts later, our country has become the most speech-protective country in the world. Although we have

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