Essay on Free Speech, Free Press And The Right Of Assemblage

936 Words Oct 6th, 2014 4 Pages
Upset by the injustices they saw in people’s rights to speak freely, without threat of harassment and by the oppression of our true freedoms as Americans, in 1917, a group of pacifist, Progressives formed the Civil Liberties Bureau, which three years later would become what we know today as the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU.
The principles of the ACLU outlined in a clear, concise statement 10 specific areas of concern. In modern terms, the principles laid out seem rather matter of fact, but in the era they came about, the concepts, nay demands, for fair treatment, were viewed by some, as radical stances.
It is interesting to consider how the individual points apply to modern life.
Regarding: Free speech, Free Press and the Right of Assemblage: We think nothing today of speaking out on a given subject, assembling where we like to discuss common viewpoints nor are we compelled to censor ourselves from creating literature to support our opinions.
Although these concepts for the most part have gone unmolested, we have certainly seen many instances over the decades following the inception of the ACLU, where violence has ensued because of political and social unrest. We can look to the protests over the Vietnam War, the fights for gay/lesbian/transgendered and racial equality as well as economic inequality, as just a few examples. Unfortunately, as a nation we do not always behave as we should. America’s diversity by nature breeds antagonism. As idealistic…

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