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Schenck v. United States

Use the Web sites below to research articles about free speech issues. Select several of these issues-such as whether hate groups have the right to march-to discuss with other students in your class. Choose one issue, and as a group, write down as many arguments as you can on both sides of the issue. Then present a debate to the class.

Schenck v. United States cases/ 1901-1939/ 1918/ 1918_437/
Summary of Schenck v. United States, the 1919 case where the Court ruled that free speech, protected by the First Amendment, may be suppressed if it creates a clear and present danger that it will produce a "substantive evil" which can be legally prevented.

American Civil Liberties Union: Free Speech freespeech/ index.html
Articles and links about free speech issues.