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"Constitution USA" and the First Amendment

 

ThinkTV and CET are getting ready to enter week two of a four part series called Constitution USA with Peter Sagal and the next episode is about one of America’s best loved, and most popular, documents – the Bill of Rights.

 

How well do you know the Bill of Rights? What about the First Amendment? In a recent study by The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, surveys showed that, when asked to name the five freedoms in the Bill of Rights, 27 percent of respondents couldn’t name any.

 

Here is the full breakdown of what Americans knew was protected by the Bill of Rights:

Freedom of Speech: 65 percent

Freedom of Religion: 28 percent

Freedom of the Press: 13 percent

Right to Assemble: 13 percent

Right to Petition: 4 percent

(Full study for 2012: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/madison/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/SOFA-2012.pdf)

 

In the next episode of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, which will air at 9pm Tuesday, May 14, on CET and ThinkTV16, Sagal explores the history of the Bill or Rights and addresses several stories – ripped from the headlines – involving specifically the freedom of speech and the freedom or religion.

 

For more information, visit: http://www.thinktv.org/onair/programs/featured/constitution-usa-peter-sagal or http://www.cetconnect.org/programming/constitution-usa-peter-sagal

 

Watch It's a Free Country - Preview on PBS. See more from Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

Posted on: 05/09/2013 • Programs

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