Case #2: Welsh v. United States

→Welsh Vs. United states←

In 1966 a man named Elliot .A. Welsh was ordered by the
United States to go into the army and to the Vietnam War.He denied their request saying "killing in war is unethical and immoral.". At the time, Welsh's decision was a big deal because it was during one of the longest wars in American History.

→This is an example of the First Amendment because...

because it can relate to the amendment by using the "free exercise of religon" rule. Although welsh isn't religious it is his moral beliefs that can be related to this case.

The Supreme Court:

"Where every decision is made.."


→The opposing values:

Welsh said:

Welsh said he did not want to go to war because of his moral belief. Welsh had to go because he was drafted. A conscientious objector is one who is opposed to serving in the armed forces and or bearing arms on the grounds of moral or religious principles.

The government said:

The government drafts men into the army from the ages 18-25yrs old thyy take regular guys and makes them in to solders ready for combat. the gov wants to have most or all young men to be drafted and ready for the vietnam war. and it also gives the men discipline for the real war.

“This is important background we learned about this case”

It took place in the vietnam War time 1959-1975 , the vietnam war was one of the longest wars in American history.

Many people were forced to go fight into the vietnam war and many people were against it.


The reason why so many people protested against the war was because they didn't like that we were fighting in vietnam. They thought it was pointless and they wanted solders fighting in there to come back

→These are a few vocabulary words that will help you understand the case:

All Have the same meaning:The Draft, Selective Service System,Conscription-

a general term for involuntary labor demanded by the government.


violating moral principles.being bad, evil


not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior

Conscientious objector-

is an individual who because of there religious beliefs, moral or ethical grounds leads them to refuses any and all participation as a combatant in war

After being sent to court, Welsh won his case. The court made their decision fairly. The court voted on Mr. Welsh's behalf meaning he won the case against the government.