Expansion of Expression

Texas v. Johnson (1989)

Case background and primary source documents concerning the Supreme Court case of Texas v. Johnson. Dealing with the First Amendment’s freedom of expression protections, this lesson asks students to argue whether or not burning the American flag is so offensive as to be outside the legitimate marketplace of ideas.

Founding Principles

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The people delegate certain powers to the national government, while the states retain other powers; and the people, who authorize the states and national government, retain all freedoms not delegated to the governing bodies.

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Freedom of Speech

The freedom to express one's opinions without interference from the the government is critical to the maintenance of liberty within a free society.

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