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The essential rights of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition are the cornerstone of our democratic tradition. The scholarship in this area is vast; this guide introduces users to starting points for research and study.

Introduction

The First Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.  It states:

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 of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The essential rights of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition are the cornerstone of our democratic tradition.  The scholarship in this area is vast; this guide introduces users to starting points for research and study.

 

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