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Ever-changing Freedoms No other democratic society in the world allows personal freedoms to the degree of the United States of America American courts especially the Supreme Court have developed a set of legal doctrines that protect all forms of the freedom of Expression When it comes to looking at the degree to which we take advantage of the opportunity to express our opinions some members of society may be guilty of violating the boundaries of the First Amendment by publicly offending others through obscenity or racism Americans have developed a distinct temper 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 highest importance to Americans The first assembly to meet in America the Virginia House of Burgesses stripped Captain Henry Spellman of his rank when he was found guilty of treasonable words Even in the most tolerant colonies printing was strictly regulated The press of William Bradford was seized by the government when he printed up a copy of the colonys charter He was charged with seditious libel and spent more than a year in prison This just shows how much the influence of a corrupt government will have on the peoples way of thinking A more famous incident was the trial of John Peter Zenger which established the principle of a free press In his newspaper he published satirical ballads regarding William Cosby the unpopular governor and his council His media was described as having in them many things tending to raise seditions and tumults among the people of this province and to fill their minds with contempt for his majestys government
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