Brian's 1st Amendment

Timeline created by bhowe26
  • 18 Massachusetts Baptist Jailed

    18 Massachusetts Baptist Jailed
    Eighteen Baptists are jailed in Massachusetts for refusing to pay taxes that support the Congregational church.
  • Constitution Adopted!

    Constitution Adopted!
    Congress passes the Northwest Ordinance. Though primarily a law establishing government guidelines for colonization of new territory, it also provides that “religion, morality and knowledge being necessary also to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” The U.S. Constitution is adopted into law on Sept. 17 by the Federal Constitutional Convention and later ratified by the states on June 21, 1788.
  • 11th state Virginia approves The Bill Of Rights

    11th state Virginia approves The Bill Of Rights
    On Dec. 15, Virginia becomes the 11th state to approve the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, thereby ratifying the Bill of Rights.
  • Sedition Act Expires

    Sedition Act Expires
    Congress lets the Sedition Act of 1798 expire, and President Thomas Jefferson pardons all person convicted under the Act. The act had punished those who uttered or published “false, scandalous, and malicious” writings against the government.
  • Gag rules adopted

    Gag rules adopted
    The U.S. House of Representatives adopts gag rules preventing discussion of antislavery proposals. The House repeals the rules in 1844.
  • Arrested newspaper editors

    Arrested newspaper editors
    By order of President Lincoln, Gen. John A. Dix, a Union commander, suppresses the New York Journal of Commerce and the New York World and arrests the newspapers’ editors after both papers publish a forged presidential proclamation purporting to order another draft of 400,000 men. Lincoln withdraws the order to arrest the editors and the papers resume publication two days later.
  • CLB is formed

    CLB is formed
    The Civil Liberties Bureau, a forerunner of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is formed in response to passage of the Espionage Act.
  • Sedition act passed

    Sedition act passed
    Congress passes the Sedition Act, which forbids spoken or printed criticism of the U.S. government, the Constitution or the flag.
  • Roger Baldwin forms ACLU

    Roger Baldwin forms ACLU
    Roger Baldwin and others start up a new organization dedicated to preserving civil liberties called the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
  • Sedition act repealed

    Sedition act repealed
    Congress repeals the Sedition Acts.
  • Texas v. Johnson

    Texas v. Johnson
    In Texas v. Johnson, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that burning the American flag is a constitutionally protected form of free speech.
  • Mitchell v. Helms

    Mitchell v. Helms
    The U.S. Supreme Court in Mitchell v. Helms finds that a federal program allowing states to lend educational material and equipment to both public and private schools does not violate the establishment clause.