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.

These five freedoms are religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

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

Preface           5

Introduction  6

What it says   6

What it means           7

Freedoms       9

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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