Classroom Discussion Starter: Freedom of Expression

The Ku Klux Klan wants to hold a rally on the Antietem battlefield. Should the federal park permit the rally? Or does the First Amendment have limitations? Scholars ponder these questions and more using a discussion starter video and prompts that unpack the issues around the often-discussed constitutional amendment. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video and discussion prompts to debate limits on freedom of speech
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of larger series exploring the Constitution
  • Images of KKK members in uniforms may make this video inappropriate for some classroom settings

  • Discussion questions and clip make the lesson ready to use
  • Links to additional materials for further study

  • Video mischaracterizes the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation