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No other democratic society in the world permits personal freedoms to the degree of the United States of America Within the last sixty years American courts especially the Supreme Court have developed a set of legal doctrines that thoroughly protect all forms of the freedom of expression When it comes to evaluating the degree to which we take advantage of the opportunity to express our opinions some members of society may be guilty of violating the bounds of the First Amendment by publicly offending others through obscenity or racism Americans have developed a distinct disposition toward the freedom of expression throughout history The First Amendment clearly voices a great American respect toward the freedom of religion It also prevents the government from abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances Since the early history of our country the protection of basic freedoms has been of the utmost importance to Americans In Langston Hughes poem Freedom he emphasizes the struggle to enjoy the freedoms that he knows are rightfully his He reflects the American desire for freedom now when he says I do not need my freedom when Im dead I cannot live on tomorrows bread He recognizes the need for freedom in its entirety without compromise or fear I think Langston Hughes captures the essence of the American immigrants quest for freedom in his poem Freedoms Plow He accurately describes Americans as arriving with nothing but dreams and building America with the hopes of finding greater freedom or freedom for the first time He depicts how people of all backgrounds worked together for one cause freedom I selected Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 as a fictitious example of the evils of censorship in a world that is becoming illiterate In this book the government convinces the public that book reading is evil because it spreads harmful
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