Essay Examples on Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

New settlers came to America in search of freedom and Liberty

Those two concepts prevailed in their mindsets when they chose to immigrate to the New World which they hoped would assure endless opportunities for those who found their individualism to be a barrier making it impossible to live in any other environment Having been persecuted in England the Puritans main goal was to create a place where they could freely practice their religious beliefs Nevertheless through the decades the concept of freedom appeared vague to everybody concerned The reality in the colonies was rather that of discrimination oppression and even bloodshed for those who were unwilling to conform to the Puritan lifestyle If freedom of speech is taken away George Washington told a group of military officers in 1783 then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter The United States has not always preserved free speech but the tradition of free speech has been both reflected in and challenged by centuries of wars cultural shifts and legal challenges Why is freedom of speech so solidly entrenched in our constitutional law and why is it so widely embraced by the general public Over the years many philosophers historians legal scholars and judges have offered theoretical justifications for strong protection of freedom of speech and in these justifications we may also find explanatory clues The First Amendment s protection of speech and expression is central to the concept of American political system 

2 pages | 468 words