University of Tennessee professor Dwight Teeter talks about how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution came about.
Other discussions of the First Amendment on JPROF.com:
- How we got the First Amendment (video with Dr. Dwight Teeter)
- The First Amendment, Luther Baldwin and the Alien and Sedition Acts (video with Dr. Dwight Teeter)
- The nationalization of the First Amendment (video with Dr. Dwight Teeter)
- The First Amendment in times of crisis (video with Dr. Dwight Teeter)
- The First Amendment today (video with Dr. Dwight Teeter)
Discussion questions for you and your students
- Does anything that Dr. Teeter says about the First Amendment surprise you?
- Many people have said the First Amendment is the first one in the Constitution because it is the most important. What does Dr. Teeter say about that?
- Why were the freedoms protected by the First Amendment not included in the original draft of the U.S. Constitution?
- Who were the Anti-Federalists? Can you name any of them?
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