First Amendment & The Freedom of Speech

The Constitution protects your freedom of speech, but like all of our rights they are not absolute (meaning unlimited). This section examines when speech is/should be protected, and what is considered unprotected speech.

What you need to learn

Skill to Practice: Skill

Terms & Non-Required Cases

-Symbolic Speech

-Morse v. Federick*

-West Virginia Board of Educaiton v. Barnette*


Restricted Speech

-Time, Place, & Manner Regulations

-Defamatory Speech

-Offensive/Obscene Speech

-Clear & Present Danger Rule

-Brandenburg Test

Court Cases

Tinker v. Des Moines
Schenck v. United States


U.S. Constitution, 1st Amendment