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First Amendment (Clark, Lytle)

American History project exploring Supreme Court cases on the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Consider this:


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.

Overall, your paper should answer the following:

In the Supreme Court case you chose, how does the Supreme Court weigh/balance First Amendment rights against other competing interests?


  • What First Amendment rights are relevant to your case? 
  • Why would the Court want to protect those rights?
  • What are the competing interests?  Why must the Court take those into account?
  • What decision(s) did the Court make?

First Amendment Court Cases

Find your case here:

Remember, all reserve items cannot be checked out as they are for use by all classes.

Additional resources to consult

After your preliminary reading of overviews, start your research for cases here...