Less than 10 years after the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Revolutionary War veteran and NY State Legislator Jedediah Peck was arrested for distributing a petition.
Though freedom of the press is one of our most cherished liberties, fully enjoying it has not always been possible. This is especially true during times of stress for the nation and government.
The notion of freedom of the press was tested just a few years after the Bill of Rights when political parties developed in the mid-1790s.
Recent highlights of primary sources newly added to DocsTeach
A journal article and podcast provide a deeper dive into students rights cases, including Tinker v. Des Moines.
Attention DC area educators! Please join us for our annual Educators Open House on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Enjoy a special after-hours viewing of our exhibits, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Meet … Continue reading Educator Open House in Washington, DC
This primary source-based workbook helps students explore concepts found in the Bill of Rights.
Join us for workshops and special events as part of the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Washington, DC, in December 2016.
Our high-resolution The Bill of Rights and You posters are now available for download! Find the PDF files at www.archives.gov/amending-america/visit/bill-of-rights-pop-up. Update: Due to the high level of interest, we have no more Bill of Rights and You exhibits to distribute. Thousands will be on display in schools, libraries, museums and other community organizations soon! We're offering a free pop-up exhibit … Continue reading Free Bill of Rights Exhibit for Your School
The Second Amendment might be used to teach plain writing, historical context, and fundamental primary source research.