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February 2004
Updated July 2009

First Amendment Center
Comprehensive site on the Prime Amendment.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

The First Amendment Center features comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics as well as a library of related materials and guest analyses by respected legal specialists.
The layout of the site is a simple table that uses color and a few well-placed graphics to separate the text.
This site covers an abundance of material and does it very well. The right side navigation menu leads visitors to the various areas of the site. The material is also appropriately organized under the five first amendment freedoms: speech, press, religious liberty, assembly, and petition. These topics as well as the library can be accessed through the links on the left side of the main page.

This comprehensive site provides a wealth of information to anyone interested in learning more about his or her first amendment rights. Each of the five areas that cover the first amendment freedoms: speech, press, religious liberty, assembly and petition contain research materials on a variety of subtopics. Each of the articles contains frequently asked questions and related cases and resources. The online library contains an extensive collection of judicial, legislative, historical, analytical, journalistic, editorial and other material pertaining to the first amendment freedoms as well as all of the First Amendment opinions of the Supreme Court. The most current first amendment related news is posted on the main page daily along with a weekly commentary called Inside the First Amendment. Educators will find lesson plans that address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment. The series of nine lessons (four more are under construction) encourage students to explore how their freedoms began and how they operate in today's world by examining individual rights in the school environment and public places. The First Amendment Center, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and in Arlington, Va., operates this Web site.


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