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Hot Topic: First Amendment Free Speech

This guide explores and provides a starting point for your research on The First Amendment Right of Free Speech. This guide highlights free speech on college campuses, hate speech and athlete activism.

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Free Speech Supreme Court

The First Amendment contains five basic freedoms:

  • Religion 
  • Speech
  • Press
  • Assembly
  • Petition

 The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States declares that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech."   

Over the course of roughly the last 50 years the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted what Free Speech means.

Here are some highlighted rulings:

Freedom of Speech does not include the right:

First Amendment Center, 2017

More cases from 2001- present