The First Amendment
James Glen Stovall
Dwight L. Teeter
The First Amendment introduces students to the freedoms included in the First Amendment of the United State Constitution.
The First Amendment is one of the most important legal and social documents in American history. Its meaning remains the center of much controversy, debate and litigation even after 200 years.
The First Amendment is an introductory text that gives students basic information about one of the most important documents in the world.
Table of Contents
What it says 6
What it means 7
Religion, the right to believe 10
Going Deep 12
Speech, the right to speak 26
Going Deep 28
Press, the right to publish 35
Going Deep 40
Assembly, the right to gather together 47
Going Deep 48
Petition, the right to ask 52
Going Deep 53
A Legal Analysis of the First Amendment 62
History of the First Amendment 102
Who wrote it 102
How we got it 104
Roots in four theories 104
The politics of the First Amendment 106
Why it matters 115
Why it matters 116
What we should do about it 120
ICONN – Intercollegiate Online News Network 122
The Authors 122
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