Freedom Of Speech: Barenblatt V. US

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Matthew dowdell polisci paper #2 p2 Freedom of speech

What is the freedom of speech? Do we americans actually have that right as a citizen? There are a lot of people today who are arrested for speaking their own opinions. I personally hear a lot of people say that every person in the united states have the freedom of speech but are afraid to use that right because they don’t want to get arrested. In these three cases I will tell you how these people used their freedom of speech. Barenblatt V. U.S. In the morning of june 28, 1954, Lloyd Barenblatt sat in the courtroom of the old house office building in Washington D.C. Earlier in the month, Barenblatt had been handed a subpoena to appear before the house UN-american activities committee.
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The negative oath, which required public employees to swear that they did not advocate the government’s overthrow or belong to subversive groups, stemmed from the swift change in american foreign policy toward the soviet union that followed world war II. The scattered resistance to loyalty oaths was centered in universities. Elementary and High-School teachers had far less protection from dismissal, faced more direct pressure from principals and parents to conform, and rarely asserted claims to academic freedom in class. Barbara Elfbrandt took the initiative on june 1, 1961. four weeks before the deadline for signing the form she had been given on may 1, she filed suit in Pima County Superior Court against Imogene Russell, who chaired the Amphitheater Elementary School District, and a host of local and state officials, including Gov. fannin and Arizona’s attorney general, Robert …show more content…
Des Moines. Mary Beth was suspended from school when she was thirteen for wearing a black armband to protest against bombing in Vietnam. On the morning of December 16, 1965, Mary beth wore that black armband to her eighth-grade classes at Warren Harding Junior High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Mary wore her black armband to school in the american heartland as a symbol of mourning for those who were dying 10,000 miles away from Des Moines, in Vietnam. The band also expressed support for a Christmas truce and cease-fire. On December 21, 1965, a State Department spokesman said the United States was considering the Viet Cong’s proposal for a Christmas truce. The Des Moines School Board had a meeting the same day but no truce had been reached on the armband

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