“Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — from the First Amendment
The State Archives educational exhibit showcases a selection of records documenting New Yorkers exercising their Right to Petition. As part of the first amendment, it is our right to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The petitions highlighted in this educational exhibit feature topics including religious tolerance, naturalization, women's rights, civil rights, discrimination, and the building of the Erie Canal.
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