September 25th was
First Amendment Day! Observed during National
Banned Books Week, First Amendment Day is meant to commemorate the First
Amendment and its promise of the freedoms of religion, speech, press,
assembly, and petition. September
25th marks the day the First Federal Congress of the United States
proposed the Bill of
Rights to the state legislatures.
The University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill is celebrating its twelfth First Amendment Day on September 29th.
The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy,
headed by Co-Directors David Ardia and Amanda Reid, is presenting a campus-wide,
daylong event designed to both celebrate the First Amendment and explore
its role in the lives of Carolina students. The program will allow students and
other members of the university community to “discuss the public
university’s special role as a marketplace of ideas and the need to be tolerant
when others exercise their rights.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the
First Amendment, the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library is here to help! Try searching the law library catalog to learn more
about the First Amendment. You can restrict the search to focus on First
Amendment books, government publications, and even a musical recording. From
study guides to casebooks and all the handbooks in between, the library has
plenty of background materials to help you understand the purpose and
application of the First Amendment.
There are also plenty of additional
resources available to learn more. For a history of the First Amendment, take a
look at the First
Amendment Annotated. Available on Congress.gov,
the First Amendment Annotated presents the historical background of the
Amendment and provides scholarly commentary with citations to interpretive
Supreme Court cases.
The Congressional Research Service has also tackled numerous topics related to the First Amendment including: Online
Political Advertising, Foreign
Government-Sponsored Broadcast Programming, and Social
Media for congressional committees and Members of Congress.
The National Constitution Center has
also created interactive
interpretations of First Amendment clauses as well as relevant
media. The site also includes media related to the First Amendment including podcasts,
videos, and blog posts.
If you have any questions or need
any help researching the First Amendment, please contact the law library at the
Reference Desk, by email at email@example.com, by phone at 919-962-1194, or by
chat at https://library.law.unc.edu (Click
“Questions”). Happy First Amendment Day!
Posted by Kerri-Ann Yanique Rowe on Mon. September 27, 2021 12:24 PM