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No other democratic society in the world permits personal freedoms tothe degree of the United States of America Within the last sixty yearsAmerican courts especially the Supreme Court have developed a set oflegal doctrines that thoroughly protect all forms of the freedom ofexpression When it comes to evaluating the degree to which we takeadvantage of the opportunity to express our opinions some members ofsociety may be guilty of violating the bounds of the First Amendment bypublicly offending others through obscenity or racism Americans havedeveloped a distinct disposition toward the freedom of expression The First Amendment clearly voices a great American respect toward thefreedom of religion It also prevents the government from abridging thefreedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably toassemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievancesSince the early history of our country the protection of basic freedomshas been of the utmost importance to Americans In Langston Hughes poem Freedom he emphasizes the struggle toenjoy the freedoms that he knows are rightfully his He reflects theAmerican desire for freedom now when he says I do not need my freedomwhen Im dead I cannot live on tomorrows bread He recognizes the needfor freedom in its entirety without compromise or fear I think Langston Hughes captures the essence of the Americanimmigrants quest for freedom in his poem Freedoms Plow He accuratelydescribes Americans as arriving with nothing but dreams and buildingAmerica with the hopes of finding greater freedom or freedom for the firsttime He depicts how people of all backgrounds worked together for one I selected Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 as a fictitious example ofthe evils of censorship in a world that is becoming illiterate In thisbook the government convinces the public that book reading is evil becauseit spreads harmful opinions and agitates people against the governmentThe vast majority of people accept this censorship of expression withoutquestion and are content
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