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Information about COM401_FirstAmendment

Published on March 20, 2014

Author: vbhildebrandt


First Amendment: History Philosophy interpretations First Amendment History -- England: History -- England Printing Press – 1400 John Milton – 1644 Licensing System Prior Restraint Abolished - 1694 “ Give me liberty to know, to utter, and to argue free according to consciences above all liberties .” History -- Colonies: History -- Colonies 1724 – Licensing abolished 1735 -- John Peter Zenger Seditious Libel Bill of Rights: Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Bill of Rights First Amendment Adoption: First Amendment Adoption Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan . Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts , Anthony Kennedy , Ruth Bader Ginsburg Conflict & Interpretation: Conflict & Interpretation Absolutists   Originalists   Interpretationists Speech: Speech all forms of expression, verbal or otherwise, that are designed to communicate ideas I. Pure speech verbal communication (written and spoken) Symbolic Speech or Expressive Conduct performed in a manner intended to convey a particular message to others. Reasons for Free Speech: SOCIAL INDIVIDUALISTIC Discovery of Truth Promote Democracy Social Stability Check on Government  Natural Law Self-Fulfillment Reasons for Free Speech

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