Freedom Of Speech

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Freedom of speech is an essential characteristic of the United States of America. It allowed people to speak out against the tyranny of the British government, and it made it so the government now has to constantly make sure they are doing what is best for the people of America because they know people have the power to speak up for what is right. All throughout American history people have spoken out for what they believe is just. They knew that when they spoke out they would face horrible consequences, but they knew that they had to do so for the greater good of America.
Thomas Pain wrote common sense which spoke out against the English government. England was taxing the American ...view middle of the document...

After the revolutionary war was over the ‘Articles of confederation were written that acted as the supreme law of the land.’ They were written with the idea that the people had almost all the power, with the government to serve as a basis for how the country was to be run. This is another prime example of how the founding fathers wanted the freedom of speech to be incorporated into every aspect of the citizens lives. It allowed the people to say what actions the government pursue, and not have the few rule the many.
While America was still growing and expanding across the continent, many people used the freedom of speech to question laws that were put in place. Daniel Shay led a rebellion in Massachusetts. Shay and his followers were protesting tax collection and foreclosure on farms. The rebellion was put down with armed force, but this rebellion lead to the calling of the constitutional convention. The constitutional convention was a meeting held to discuss the creation of a new government instead of trying to ‘fix’ the current one. It upheld the freedom of speech, and showed that speaking out for what you think is right can lead to great changers in government.
Henry Clay was a speaker of the House of Representatives. He led a compromise that ended the nullification crisis. The nullification crisis was making it so that states were able to make laws that ‘nullified’ or got rid of the federal laws. This was a very important decision Henry made. He decided to make that impossible, otherwise states could go rogue and restrict its citizens freedoms. By speaking out against these laws, and allowing others to debate alongside him it allowed people to speak out for what they thought on the...

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