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?