Freedom For The Thought We Hate Essay

824 Words Nov 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Freedom of Speech
It was in 1791 that the United States transcribed the ten amendments within the Constitution. The first amendment, Freedom of Speech, is one of the most controversial laws in today’s society. It states that Congress shall make no law that reduces ones freedom of speech or freedom of press. Although there is a law in place stating such freedoms, it is not as clear and simplistic as it states. As Anthony Lewis states in his book, Freedom for the Thought that We Hate, it isn’t as defined to such simplistic terms as one would assume. It is expressed within Lewis’s text and through today’s press that there has been drastic changes in the meaning behind the First Amendment throughout history and a change that has affected American inhabitants but also America as a whole. Freedom of speech and freedom of press has been an essential part in the foundation of our democratic structure of the United States of America. Anthony Lewis makes a reference in his book, Freedom for the Thought We Hate, of times in history when Americans were given freedom of speech but with very strict limitations: this was apparent even more so during a time of combat and national turmoil. As stated by Justice Holmes, “the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent” (Lewis, pg. 26). It is evident now and long ago that the government has had a…

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