The Constitution: The First Amendment

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Use this guide as a pathfinder to sources about the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 
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Amendment I
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.

Primary Sources


Organizations and Associations

  • Bill of Rights Institute
    The Bill of Rights Institute provides resources for educating the public about founding documents
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
    Organization founded in 1966 that is dedicated to protecting rights stated in the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Humaning Rights.  
  • First Amendment Center
    Clearinghouse for information concerning the five freedoms (speech, press, assembly, petition and religion) guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution
  • Freedom Forum
     Organization the centers on the free press and free speech.  They operate the Newseum in Washington, DC.
  • Freedom House
    Organization that monitors freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide.  They publish the following reports: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit,  Countries at the Crossroads,  and Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, 
  • freepress
    Organization that advocates for media reform.  
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists since 1970." Users can sign up for news feeds. The Reading Room tab includes online issues of The News Media & The Law, a quarterly magazine (2000+). They also provide the following guides: The First Amendment Handbook, The Open Government Guide, and The Reporter's Privilege (examines reporter's privilege in each state).  
  • Reporters without Borders
    Advocacy organization that defends journalists, fights against censorship, and works to improve the safety of journalists worldwide. They publish the Press Freedom Index.

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