First Amendment

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One of the most important amendments to the United States Constitution encapsulating several rights deemed essential to liberal democracy: freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press, and the right of the people to assemble and to petition the government. This amendment is one of those added to the Constitution as a Bill of Rights immediately after it was first drawn in order to assuage the concerns of those who feared the emergence of an overbearing central government. The Supreme Court, drawing on the due process wording of the Fourteenth Amendment, has argued that First Amendment freedoms are also protected from impairment by the states.


http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html The full text of the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment.

Subjects: Law.

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