How we got the First Amendment (video)

How did we get the First Amendment? from Jim Stovall on Vimeo.

University of Tennessee professor Dwight Teeter talks about how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution came about.

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Discussion questions for you and your students

  1. Does anything that Dr. Teeter says about the First Amendment surprise you?
  2. 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?
  3. Why were the freedoms protected by the First Amendment not included in the original draft of the U.S. Constitution?
  4. Who were the Anti-Federalists? Can you name any of them?


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