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Group Appealing to the President for the Release of Political Prisoners (1922)

Library of Congress, National Photo Company Collection

For more than 100 years, people have exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out using the White House as both their stage and audience. Many of these protests have influenced legislation and encouraged government action. Demonstrations at the White House have taken the form of nighttime vigils, marches, picketing, and other peaceful activities.