Schenck V. United States 1919

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Discuss the Supreme Court Decision Schenck vs. United States (1919). What was the outcome of this case? What did this decision mean for the United States and for the American People? In your opinion, do you feel that free speech should be protected even in times of war or national crisis? Why or why not? In addition, do you feel that free speech should be protected even if someone is offended by that speech? Explain. For maximum points, make sure that you have directly addressed and answered each part of this question Schenck v. United States 1919 was the United States Supreme Court verdict regarding enforcement of the Espionage Act of 1917 during World War I, The court case of 1919 established by the U.S. involvement in World War…show more content…
No person may use free speech to place others in danger. “Protected political speech” was diminished in time of war. The Schenck case stands as the first significant exploration of the limits of 1st Amendment free speech provisions by the Supreme Court. Its clarifications on the meaning of free speech have been modified, rewritten, and extended over the years. Flowing directly from this case, two schools of legal thought on the protections of the Bill of Rights emerged. One “absolutist” group felt that the Constitution meant to tolerate no interference by government with the people's freedoms, “absolutely none.” More widely held was the “balancing doctrine,” which suggested that the right of the people to be left alone by a government had to be “balanced” against “compelling public
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