Texas v. Johnson: Historical context

This video looks at Texas v. Johnson through an historical contextual lens. In this video you will see the tensions between sociological and political ideologies that build up through the history of the U.S. to the pivotal point in U.S. Supreme Court history that is Texas v. Johnson. The video begins by explaining what communism meant in America and how American citizens grew to be fearful anything communism-related. It then transitions into explaining the three important cases – Stromberg v. California, West Virginia v. Barnette and Brandenberg v. Ohio – that served as precedents for Texas v. Johnson. Finally, the video discusses how the rise in burning the flag in protest led to its protected place in U.S. law.

What Texas v. Johnson did for the free flow of ideas through action set a frame of reference for any case regarding first amendment rights. Because of this case, Americans now have a better understanding of what their first amendment rights are and how to go about protecting them. Because of this case, there is more opportunity for ideas being shared through various forms rather than having them shut down unjustly.


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