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First Amendment 

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • Amdt1.1 Religion
  • Amdt1.2 Freedom of Expression – Speech and Press
    • Amdt1.2.1  Adoption and the Common Law Background
    • Amdt1.2.2  Freedom of Expression: The Philosophical Basis
    • Amdt1.2.3  Freedom of Expression: Is There a Difference Between Speech and Press?
    • Amdt1.2.4  The Doctrine of Prior Restraint
    • Amdt1.2.5  Subsequent Punishment: Clear and Present Danger and Other Tests
    • Amdt1.2.6  Freedom of Belief
    • Amdt1.2.7  Right of Association
    • Amdt1.2.8  Maintenance of National Security and the First Amendment
    • Amdt1.2.9  Material Support of Terrorist Organizations
    • Amdt1.2.10  Particular Governmental Regulations that Restrict Expression
    • Amdt1.2.11  Governmental Regulation of Communications Industries
    • Amdt1.2.12   Cable Television
    • Amdt1.2.13  Government Restraint of Content of Expression
    • Amdt1.2.14  Speech Plus – The Constitutional Law of Leafleting, Picketing, and Demonstrating
  • Amdt1.3 Rights of Assembly and Petition