Perseverance and the First Amendment

Lesson Duration

Author: Bill of Rights Institute and National Constitution Center

Students will consider how perseverance effects movements as they exercise their First Amendment rights to petition and assemble.  Students will do historical research on organizations, and report on how they used perseverance in exercising  these First Amendment rights.


  • write a one-page response defining “perseverance”;
  • analyze the language of the First Amendment concerning the right to petition and assemble;
  • research historical examples of groups or individuals exercising their right to petition and/or assemble, including but not limited to abolitionists, child labor movement, suffragists, Civil Rights movement, and pro-life/pro-choice groups.
  • evaluate movements in light of an understanding of perseverance; and
  • apply their understanding of perseverance to their own lives, causes.



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