In the united states freedom of speech and expression is strongly protected from government restrictions by the first amendment to the united states constitution many state constitutions and state and federal laws. The following are examples of speech both direct words and symbolic actions that the court has decided are either entitled to first amendment protections or not the first amendment states in relevant part that. Free speech updates 2017 update 2018 update free speech library landmark decisions organized by chapter and by name historic documents free speech resources government sites free speech sites organization sites legal research sites other sites of interest blogs and podcasts about the book the 8th edition 2017 table of contents. The united states has not always preserved free speech see my illustrated history of american censorship for more on that but the tradition of free speech has been both reflected in and challenged by centuries of wars cultural shifts and legal challenges. Understanding freedom of speech in the united states of america what the 1st amendment to the constitution does does not protect ive been thinking a lot about freedom of speech and the first amendment in general lately
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