Timelines
First Amendment

  • 1798
    Editors Imprisoned Under Alien And Sedition Acts

  • 1836
    Efforts To Stifle Debate About Slavery

  • 1918
    Sedition Act Punishes WWI Critics

  • 1919
    'Clear And Present Danger' Exception Recognized

  • 1948
    No Religious Instruction In Public Schools Allowed

  • 1961
    Symbolic Speech Is Protected

  • 1962
    Prayer Not Allowed In Public Schools

  • 1964
    Supreme Court Places Limits On Libel

  • 1966
    Freedom Of Information Act Passes

  • 1976
    Money Spent In Political Campaigns Considered Speech

  • 1989
    Limits On Religious Items Displayed Around Government Buildings

  • 2010
    Corporate Spending Limit Rejected

  • 2011
    First Amendment Protects Funeral Protests
    Ban on Sale of Violent Video Games to Children Rejected

  • 2012
    U.S. Can't Require Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs
    Person's Right to Lie Is Protected