Throughout history amendments to the United States constitution have changed our government and our society. Some of the amendments that led to changes are the 1st amendment- personal freedoms, 15th amendment- tight to vote, 16th amendment – income tax, 17th amendment-election of senators, 18th amendment- prohibition, 19th amendment- suffrage, and last but not least 22nd amendment- term limits. The American colonies had flirted with the concept of religious freedom for more than 100 years when a curious set of events led to the creation of the First Amendment. The founding father most concerned with free speech and free religious exercise was Thomas Jefferson, who had already implemented several similar protections in the constitution of his home state of Virginia. It was Jefferson who ultimately persuaded James Madison to propose the Bill of Rights, and the First Amendment was Jefferson's top priority. The First Amendment states: 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. It is the bedrock of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the Constitution that define the basic rights of all who live in the United States. It changed the way we were able to live our lives and protect our nation. Our Constitution is one of the only lasting ones in history. This amendment has been successful because it is meant to protect our citizenship from tyranny or any violations of our freedom. This is the first and important amendment because it addresses our rights and freedoms as human beings first. It has helped, along with checks and balances, federalism, other amendments, to keep America for and by the people. We have not changed this amendment even to today, but abided by it. Immigrants have come to our country for generations...
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