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Freedom of Speech and Expression

The First Amendment is arguably the most important amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As you may remember from Week 4, the freedom of speech is a fundamental right and core concept of liberty as defined in the Constitution. This course, along with most courts, uses the terms freedom of speech and freedom of expression interchangeably. That is because expressions, like burning a flag, have been interpreted by courts to constitute speech. There are, however, types of speech that are not protected under the First Amendment. Why would that be? Don’t we protect all speech in America? Can you think of speech that should not be protected under the First Amendment?

Review Chapter 2 in your course text, Constitutional Law, and focus on the fundamentals of the First Amendment.




Review the interactive media piece, “Freedom of Speech Quiz,” to test your skills on the types of protected and unprotected speech. Consider why the examples of protected speech were protected and why the examples of non-protected speech were not.




Think about what is and what is not freedom of speech.


With these thoughts in mind:

Due by Wednesday February 17, 2016 a 300-400 word explanation of what is and what is not freedom of speech. Provide one example for each and explain why that speech is protected or unprotected. Be specific.


Support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources. You are allowed to draw from additional sources to support your argument, but you must cite using APA standards. All quoted material must be identified, cited, and referenced per APA standards.

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