This unit reviews the unique inheritance of basic rights and freedoms bestowed on all American citizens by our founding documents, which draw from Enlightenment conceptions of liberty and individual human dignity.
FIRE wrote Delaware State University after it required all students seeking to join Safe Space Coalition committees, tasked with assessing campus safety, to sign confidentiality agreements banning them from discussing “any and all information related to . . . [their] participation as a committee member.”
After FIRE raised the alarm about Delaware State imposing sweeping confidentiality agreements on students serving on campus safety committees, the school rescinded the ban and promised to foster institutional transparency going forward.
Ben Franklin was an influential champion of free speech and freedom of the press during the founding and formation of the United States of America. This lesson takes a look at two of Franklin’s works – Silence Dogood No. 8 and “On the Freedom of the Press” in order to gain insight into his thinking about two of our fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.