First Amendment Research Information
Freedom of Speech
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Writer's Rights: 1,229 Quotations on the First Amendment
This is a compilation of useful quotations on the First Amendment, as said by many famous scholars and statesmen throughout history.
The courts define prior restraint as a “predetermined judicial prohibition restraining specific expression,” and the issue of prior restraint has been present in many widely publicized cases. This chapter of the CFAC First Amendment Handbook explains how prior restraints have been successfully challenged, describes the various forms of a prior restraint, and details the situations in which prior restrain may be either justified or invalidated.
Responding to Extremist Speech - 20 FAQs
The Anti-Defamation League, an organization fighting racism and extremism, is a staunch supporter of the First Amendment, but recognizes that the speech promoting hatred and bigotry is protected by this amendment. ADL believes that the best response to such words is more speech: speech that reflects the ideals of American democracy and tolerance. This article answers 20 frequently asked questions about how the government may legally respond when extremists choose to demonstrate in public.
Index of ACLU Free Speech Materials
Briefing papers, information on current controversies and court decisions, Q&A, and editorial columns. You can also search the ACLU web site for additional free speech materials.