How Does the First Amendment Protect Freedom to Assemble, Petition, and Associate?The previous lesson examined the First Amendment protection of speech and press. This lesson focuses on "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." It examines the importance and historical background of these rights. It also discusses an important related right?the freedom to associate.
When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to explain the importance of the rights to assemble, petition, and associate. You also should be able to describe the history of these rights and when they can be limited. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions relating to the exercise of these three rights.