The First Amendment
James Glen Stovall
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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects five of the most important freedoms that Americans have.
Those freedoms are religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.
Underlying all of these freedoms is the concept of free expression.
The book introduces high school and college students to the social and political aspects of the First Amendment. In addition, there is a legal analysis and an explanation of some of the most important court decisions about the First Amendment.
Included in this book are videos Dr. Dwight Teeter, a noted First Amendment historian and scholar, and John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center.
This book is part of the Intercollegiate Online News Network Journalism series.
What's New in Version 2.1
New Chapter 3 includes a legal analysis of the First Amendment and major cases and books associated with the amendment. Editing and design fixes throughout.
The First Amendment
OThis provides an excellent overview of historical events and documents that influenced inclusion in the U.S. Constitution of the rights of freedom of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly. It describes the politics of the time in explaining how these rights were included in the First Amendment in order to gain the approval of the requisite number of states required for ratification.
It explains how the states infringed on many First Amendment rights during the first 130 years of the nation's history, until 1919. It presents landmark Supreme Court case decisions that gradually resulted in limits on governmental use of prior restraint and censorship to limit or restrict exercise of First Amendment and other constitutional rights.
The writing is sharp and crisp. The design facilitates identification of key concepts and elements in the text. Articles by accomplished First Amendment scholars supplement the text, as do videos, some of which feature these scholars.
The complete package is a complete and useful summary of what influenced the content of the First Amendment and the effects and significance of its inclusion in the Bill of Rights. It describes landmark Supreme Court decisions that have defined and clarified the meaning of all five First Amendment rights and evolved from benign indifference and neglect to today's realization of the spirit and intent of those provisions. It shows how these and other rights must be protected from infringement and limitation by the state and from those who would deny these rights to some.