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    Landmark Supreme Court Case: Engel v. Vitale (1962)

    Deliberations over the role of religion in public life are as old as the United States itself - and, of…

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    Broadcast Decency

    Offensive content that appears in television or radio broadcasts can be regulated by the Federal…

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    Unprotected Speech: Obscenity

    Obscene content falls in the category of speech unprotected by First Amendment guarantees. Over the 20th…

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    Unprotected Speech: Defamation (Libel and Slander)

    While speech enjoys broad First Amendment protections in the United States, it is not an unlimited…

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    Time-Place-Manner Restrictions

    While free speech, assembly, and petition are protected under the First Amendment, the Supreme Court has…

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    Symbolic Speech

    Symbolic speech, defined as expression by conduct rather than words, has come before the United States…

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    Freedom of the Press

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no…

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    Assembly and Petition in and Around Federal Government Workplaces

    "Congress shall make no law...abridging...the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition…

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    Freedom of Speech

    The First Amendment guarantees that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech."…

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    Civil Liberties

    "Civil Liberties" is a broad umbrella term referring to individual freedoms and guarantees that are…

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    Civil Rights

    The broad umbrella term "civil rights" refers to legal protections founded in a commitment to equality,…

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    The Bill of Rights

    The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, adopted as a condition of ratification, are…

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    The Establishment Clause

    The First Amendment begins "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."…

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    Midterm Elections

    The term "midterm election" refers to the election held midway through a presidential term of office,…

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    Poll Taxes

    Poll taxes, along with literacy tests and grandfather clauses, were structural barriers to voting…

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    Grandfather Clauses in the Jim Crow South

    Grandfather Clauses were a structural barrier to voting imposed by several states during the Jim Crow…

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    Third Parties

    The term "Third Party" in the United States represents any political party other than the two that…

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    Literacy Tests

    Literacy tests were a barrier to voting in common usage in Southern states, as well as other parts of…

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    Retrospective Voting

    Retrospective voting is the notion in political science that voters make their decisions in a given…

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    Political Efficacy

    Political efficacy is defined as the sense of an individual citizen that he or she is capable of…

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