First Amendment

Video Segment |04:56

First Amendment

Video Segment |04:56

Explains the creation of constitutional amendments and the Bill of Rights. Some of the authors of the Constitution wanted the document to focus more on individual rights. Ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were proposed and added to the Constitution to limit government control over individual rights. The First Amendment provides freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and the right to assemble. This means that citizens are allowed to practice any or no religion, publish ideas and information, express opinions, and hold gatherings, even if these ideas and gatherings are in opposition to the government.

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  • amendments
  • Bill of Rights
  • executive branch
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  • Founding Fathers
  • freedom of religion
  • freedom of speech
  • freedom of the press
  • George Mason
  • government
  • James Madison

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