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Civil Liberties
Guide: Freedom of Assembly

These resources highlight the constitutional right to freedom of assembly. Use this collection of primary and secondary sources to support students' understanding of the history and role of freedom of assembly in the United States. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Theme Key Understandings

  • Civil liberties and civil rights are related but distinct and can be in conflict with each other
  • Government documents provide a framework for the protection of civil rights and liberties in a society
  • The judicial branch interprets and defines civil liberties and civil rights as they apply in practice
  • Civil liberties protect against government overreach
  • Civil rights assure equal protection under the law
  • The attainment of civil rights is an ongoing process, with different groups achieving parity at different times
  • The judicial branch is tasked with finding a balance between the protection of individual liberty and maintaining positive social order

Key Questions

  • What kinds of issues are typically addressed in freedom of assembly cases?
  • How have the courts limited freedom of assembly? What are the primary reasons they will usually limit it?


  1. Overview: Freedom of Assembly
  2. Visuals: Freedom of Assembly (Visual)
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Transcript: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Origins of Freedom of Assembly
  7. Lesson: 2-Political Protest
  8. Lesson: 3-Picketing
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Photos & Illustrations: Affirmative action: students protest at Supreme Court
  11. Photos & Illustrations: Election of 2016: high school students protest
  12. Photos & Illustrations: Immigration activists protest
  13. Photos & Illustrations: March on Washington
  14. Reference Articles: context of the Constitution: assemble, right of the people peaceably to
  15. Reference Articles: First Amendment
  16. Reference Articles: freedom of petition
  17. Reference Articles: Picketing
  18. Political, Government & Court Documents: Cox v. Louisiana (1965)
  19. Political, Government & Court Documents: DeJonge v. Oregon (1937)
  20. Political, Government & Court Documents: Edwards v. South Carolina (1963)
  21. Political, Government & Court Documents: Hague v. Congress of Industrial Organizations (1939)

MLA Citation

"Freedom of Assembly." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Content/2156111?cid=256. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

Entry ID: 2156111

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