Banned Books Week is intended to make the public more aware of the frequent
challenges to the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and
The Berkeley Free Speech Movement refers to college students who in the
1960s challenged many University of California campus regulations limiting
their First Amendment rights.
The storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and the related “Stop the
Steal” campaign has set off a number of First Amendment and legal issues
involving free speech, defamation and even the right to run for reelection.
The 1787 Constitutional Convention built the U.S. Constitution. The
constitution did not include explicit protection of First Amendment rights.
A Bill of Rights was adopted later.
The National Prayer Breakfast attracts political and religious leaders from
around the nation and the world. Some worry that the event borders on
violation of the First Amendment.
The Protestant Reformation appealed to the founders of America, and some of
its concepts of individualism and free expression of religion are
incorporated into the First Amendment.
Transcendental and Romantic writers believed that government may not
interfere with freedom of expression. Some First Amendment court opinions
have roots in these movements.