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1st Amendment of US Constitution

10. What is the “1st Amendment”?

The 1st Amendment to the Constitution states that, “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.”

This amendment provides for the following fundamental freedoms:

•    Freedom of Religion
•    Freedom of Speech
•    Freedom of Press
•    Freedom of Assembly

•    Discussion: Why do you believe the Framers decided to group these rights together? What political significance did the Framers hope to achieve through the 1st Amendment?

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