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First Amendment (Clark, Laffey)

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?

Browse cases here:

Remember, you must find a case that has a dissent.
All reserve items cannot be checked out as they are for use by all classes.

Find the full text:

After your preliminary reading of overviews, you should find the text of start your cases here...

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