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Wednesday, February 22
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Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969) established what?

a. Inflammatory speech can be restricted at the local level.
b. The Supreme Court cannot make laws pertinent to the First Amendment.
c. Inflammatory speech can only be restricted when there is a real threat of violence.
d. Hate speech cannot be restricted, even if it incites violence.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2803, The Brandenburg Test
This critical Supreme Court decisions helped establish our modern understanding of free speech.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2802, More Limitations on the Power to Restrict Speech
In order for the government to fairly regulate free speech, they must observe certain ethical guidelines.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2801, Limitations on the Power to Restrict Speech
Though the government can regulate certain kinds of speech, there are limitations on just how far those regulations can go.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2800, How Government Regulates Speech
The government regulates speech through regulations, prohibitions, and punishment.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2799, More Exceptions to Free Speech
These continued restrictions to free speech include obscenity laws, as well as time, place, and manner restrictions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2798, Exceptions to Free Speech
Libel, defamation, and incitement to crime are all forms of speech not protected by the First Amendment.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2797, Limitations to Free Speech
The freedom of speech does have its limits, and many feel certain restrictions are necessary.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2796, Suppression of Unpopular Ideas
Throughout United States history, the freedom of speech has faced several challenges.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2795, John Peter Zenger, Part 2
The Zenger trial set precedents for jury nullification in addition to freedom of the press.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2794, John Peter Zenger, Part 1
The trial of John Peter Zenger, a colonial printer, set a precedent for today's libel laws.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2793, A Free Press in the Early Republic
The First Amendment was created in part to help ease fears that the government would manipulate the press.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2792, Seditious Libel
In colonial America, the press was heavily restricted by the British Crown.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2791, Libel in the Colonial Era
The early American colonies had specific ideas about the freedom of speech.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2790, English Origins of Free Expression
How early British thought influenced American views on the freedom of speech.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2789, Benefits of Freedom of Expression, Part 2
In addition to promoting individual liberties, the freedom of expression helps boost representative government.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2788, Benefits of Freedom of Expression, Part 1
The freedom of expression can benefit the people in many ways.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2787, Arguments for Free Expression
The Founders' multi-faceted logic for ensuring the right to freedom of speech.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2785, Justice O'Connor on Free Exercise
The Supreme Court case Rosenberger v. University of Virginia helped establish the idea of "bedrock principles."
60-Second Civics: Episode 2784, Two Cases Test the Free Exercise Clause
These two Supreme Court cases helped establish the bounds of the free exercise clause.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2783, Testing Whether a Law Violates the Free Exercise Clause
In order to determine if a law is in violation of the free exercise clause, the courts must ask themselves certain questions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2782, Limiting Free Exercise of Religion
In certain cases, the court will find it necessary to interfere with the free exercise of religion.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2781, The Free Exercise Clause
The free exercise clause is another element of the First Amendment that protects religious freedoms.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2780, Arguments over the Establishment Clause
The continuing disagreements about the separation of church and state.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2779, Interpreting the Establishment Clause
People hold differing views about what rights the establishment clause gives and takes away.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2778, The Establishment Clause
How this important piece of the Constitution came to be, and how it has been interpreted over time.