• Can You Burn An American Flag? | Texas v. Johnson
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    Can You Burn An American Flag? | Texas v. Johnson

    Mr. Beat presents Supreme Court Briefs Dallas, Texas August 22, 1984 Protestors marched through the streets, destroyed property spray-painted walls, broke windows and threw dirty diapers and beer cans just outside the Republican National Convention Someone stole an American flag from a flagpole from a downtown building Eventually that flag ended up in the hands of Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade member Gregory Lee Johnson At the height of the protests, ohnson poured kerosene on the flag and set it on fire. While the flag burned, he chanted stuff like “Red, white and blue, we spit on you, you stand for plunder, you will go under” and “Reagan, Mondale, which will…

  • 22. Constitutional Crisis and Impeachment of a President
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    22. Constitutional Crisis and Impeachment of a President

    Professor David Blight: I was in a meeting some months ago of the New York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees; august, wonderful group of people. That’s about thirty-five very rich New Yorkers and two token historians, and I’m one of the token historians. They have us there for window dressing, and other good and useful and noble purposes. And during a discussion of a subject I won’t even go into, one of the very intelligent and very dedicated members of that board–and I’m not being ironic–said that he really wished American history could be about “people of goodwill.” He wished American history wasn’t so full of conflict. In effect, he…