First Amendment

Osato Omere

Original Text

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.

In My Words

The First Amendment states that citizens have the right to religion, speech, press, petiton, and assembly, and if anyone has a problem with it, they would have to take it up with the government.

History of the First

The First Amendment was part of the Bill of Rights that was added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791. The First Amendment provides the foundation for all the other amendments. It protects the five most basic rights of American citizens. The Anti-federalists wanted these guarantees the most.

Supreme Court Case

Morse vs. Frederick (2007)

A student displayed a poster in school promoting drug use. The principal saw this poster and immediately confiscated it. Frederick argues that his right of speech was denied by his principal. The Supreme Court voted in Morse's favor under the context that none of Frederick's rights were violated, and that the school has every right to regulate speech that conflicts with the school's anti-drug policies.
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