First Amendment: Incorporation and Substantive Due Process

First Amendment: Incorporation and Substantive Due Process

The American peoples’ understanding of the First Amendment has evolved significantly throughout our history – particularly in terms of the religion and speech clauses. This webinar series will explore both the history and the current state of the popular and constitutional boundaries of these clauses. After participating in this series, educators will better understand the nuances of interpreting the religion and freedom clauses and hopefully feel more prepared in teaching these topics within the secondary classroom.

This webinar will dive into how the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment affects state law.  By examining incorporation and substantive due process, we hope to clarify the methods by which Supreme Court decisions impact local communities.

Our First Amendment webinars will meet monthly on select Saturday mornings from 10.45am – 12pm ET. Participants are highly encouraged to complete the readings in advance, as well as submit questions several days in advance.  Those who remain digitally present for the duration of the webinar will receive an attendance letter from Teaching American History for 1.25 hours of professional development.

Readings: Packet Attached

Core Readings:  Excerpts from Lochner v. New York and Griswold v. Connecticut

Supplemental Readings: Excerpts from Timbs v. Indiana, Meyer v. State of Nebraska, and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization


August 26, 2023 -
August 26, 2023
10:45 AM EST
12:00 PM EST
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty at Berry College