“Idea of America Essay Contest”invites high school juniors to write an essay examining the historical debate over the benefits and disadvantages of adopting the First Amendment. While its words are familiar, the rights it guarantees — involving religion, speech, free press, public assembly, and petition — were modified many times in the First Congress (1789). Essays must be received by April 19, 2006. The best essay will receive $5,000. Three runners-up will each receive $1,000. (NEH) ttp://www.wethepeople.gov/essay/index.html

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