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VIEWER'S GUIDE FOR "A NATION OF LIBERTIES" -- THE GOBITAS CHILDREN AND THE PLEDGE
Before you watch the video segment, preview the questions below so you can be thinking about them as you watch. After you watch the clip, answer the questions.
A. Why did the Gobitas children refuse to say the pledge and to salute the flag?
B. Which liberty and amendment do you think they claimed was being violated?
C. In your opinion, what reasons might a government or elected school board have for requiring people to say the pledge?
D. What was the outcome when the Gobitis case was decided by the lower court?
E. Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote the opinion for the Supreme Court, which decided the case with an 8-1 majority. What did the Court decide? What were the main reasons given for the decision?