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First Amendment: General

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.

Listed below are relevant sections of the First Amendment.

Life Without the Bill of Rights?

Have you ever imagined what life would be like without a Bill of Rights to protect our rights as American citizens? Explore the Life Without the Bill of Rights? Flash Activity to consider how life would change without some of our most cherished freedoms.

First Amendment in the News

The First Amendment is in our news daily and effects our daily lives – find out more about the Freedom of Assembly and Petition in the news, Freedom of Religion in the news, Freedom of Speech in the news, and Freedom of Press in the news.

Bill of Rights Lesson Plans

The Bill of Rights in the News Lesson Plans focus on issues making headlines that directly relate to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. With current online news articles, discussion questions, and related links and resources, Bill of Rights in the News is a valuable teaching asset for government, history, or civics teachers. View lessons plans.