Term Paper on What Price Freedom?

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What Price Freedom?


No country allows as much personal freedoms like the United States of America. The Supreme
Court has passed laws which allow more freedom of expression than ever before. By hearing
this, you may think that everyone is happy in the U.S. Well, a lot are, but to gain these
freedoms, there was once a price to pay. Several people have been beaten, verbally
assaulted, and killed for others to gain freedom that they deserve. I ask: At what price
should freedom come?


In December or 1965, in Des Moines, Iowa, a 15 year old girl and her brother wore black
armbands to protest the Vietnam War. The Principal then decided that no student should be
allowed to do such demonstrations, and after a warning, he suspended anyone wearing the
bands. Later that day both wearers of the bands were suspended until January. The 2
students too it to federal court where they said that they had the right to wear the bands
under the First Amendment right. They ended up loosing because the armbands would "disturb
school discipline". About 4 years later, the decision was changed in favor of the
students. Soon after, in the 1970's, more and more court battles about the First Amendment
appeared. Without the help of the 2 students getting suspended, the First Amendment may
have still been limited.


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