First Amendment

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Amendment One
The Constitution of the United States is an outline of the national government of the United Stated of America. It was written in 1787. Fifty-five men were there. They are known as the “Founding Fathers” or “Framers of the Constitution.” The Constitution of the United States was approved on June 21, 1788. The Constitution of the United States divides the government into three branches. First the Legislative branch, then the Judicial branch, last the Executive branch. The Constitution of the United States sets up the balance of power between the states. The rights that get added to the Constitution of the United States are called the amendments. The first ten amendments are called the Bill of Rights. To date there are twenty-seven amendments to the constitution. The Constitutional of the United States has become a model for most countries around the world. It is a document that will last forever. “All religions must be tolerated... for... every man must get to heaven his own way.” (Frederick the Great).

Before the First Amendment was ratified, Americans had few rights. If you wanted to publish a paper, it went through the law. If you wanted to speak or say an opinion about the government or anything, you would need permission from the law. That .was the law. Thankfully to the First Amendment we have more rights. The First Amendment is about everyone in the United States having freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of petition, and freedom of assembly. The First Amendment was written because American citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedoms. The First Amendment reads:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. To understand the impact this amendment has on society, one must comprehend the historical background of this amendment and effect is has on citizens rights today. The First Amendment was ratified on November 20, 1789. Before the states approved the Constitution, many Americans worried that the government would become too powerful. At that time on September 25, 1789, Congress added 12 amendments to the constitution. Amendments three through twelve were added by the states to the United States Bill of Rights in December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights was really for the federal government. Over time, the Bill of rights was applied to states and local governments too. James Madison proposed the U.S. Bill of Rights. The United States Bill of Rights was influenced by 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, Age of Enlightenment, and the Magna Carta. Two additional articles were proposed to the States. The first article never became part of the Constitution. The second article limited the powers of Congress to increase the salaries of the members. It was ratified two centuries later as the 27th Amendment. Though they are all in the Bill of Rights neither article establishes a right that can be used today. The United States Bill of Rights plays a great role in American law and government, and remains an important symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation. The First Amendment was really needed. It helped to keep freedom of speech which many countries do not have. The First Amendment was added to the United States Constitution because it protects the basic rights of Americans from government interferences. The American Revolution was fought because Americans did not feel they were represented fairly in the British Parliament. The rights in the First Amendment were being denied by the Parliament. So the First Amendment protects our basic rights, such as the right to religious freedom and, unlike many nations, it prohibits an official religion for the nation. Citizens are free to worship any religion...
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