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A Look at the First Amendment

Freedom of Speech and Religion

Series: The Constitution of the United States

By John Richard Conway, Esq.

They are two of America’s most fundamental and cherished rights, familiar to young and old alike – the right of free speech and the freedom of religion. But like most of the Bill of Rights and its amendments, the First Amendment is more subtle and intricate than most of us realize, something that author Conway makes clear in this detailed look at the deceptively simple right that gives us these familiar phrases. From the 1735 court case that established the right of a free press in the minds of Americans to its more recent applications in cases challenging the separation of church and state, Conway chronicles the First Amendment and how it remains vital and vitally important to our everyday lives.

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Reviews

"Well-researched and insightful, this is a volume about a subject that has polarized communities . . . this book is objective in its presentation of information. The book is factual, remarkably nonjudgmental and a non-sensationalized account of a very divisive subject . . . The information is presented in a serious and substantial manner and is well organized."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, November 2008

". . . this book provides readers with in-depth coverage of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution and how it has impacted history from its beginnings through the modern day . . . this thorough treatment looks at the origins and various components of the amendment . . . a good addition to the high school government curriculum."

Children's Literature

"These thorough introductions to the title amendments will be useful resources for middle- and high-school researchers."

The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2009

"This book provides a clear, concise explanation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

Book Buzz, April 2010

"A wonderful, in-depth look at the 1st Amendment! . . . It is chock-full of great information, in a simplified way."

Washington Young Adult Book Review Group, May 2009

". . . presents the history and evolution of the 1st amendment in a clear, dispassionate manner."

Southern Maine Library District, January 5, 2009

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