The First Amendment Encyclopedia

Presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies

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.

About the Encyclopedia

The encyclopedia includes articles on court cases, people, concepts and legal terms, laws and proposed laws and issues related to the five freedoms.

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Table of Contents

Browse the encyclopedia by Articles, Topics, and Court Cases (by Category or by Date)


The First 45 Words

An essay by John Seigenthaler on how The First Amendment came to be


Dates in the development and history of the First Amendment


An introduction to the First Amendment and ongoing issues

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