Expansion of Expression

Reno v. ACLU (1997)

Case background and primary source documents concerning the Supreme Court case of Reno v. ACLU. Dealing with whether or not the First Amendment protected obscene or indecent speech on the internet, this lesson asks students to argue whether or not Congress should be able to ban “indecent” or “patently offensive” speech on the Internet.

Founding Principles

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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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Liberty

Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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