What is the First Amendment?

What is the First Amendment?

Your five First Amendment freedoms are freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. The First Amendment can be found in the Bill of Rights, which are the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

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.

— First Amendment to the United States

Your five First Amendment freedoms are: 

1. Freedom of religion: you have the freedom to think about, imagine, or believe in anything you choose. 

2. Freedom of speech: you have the freedom to speak about anything you choose. 

3. Freedom of the press: the press has the freedom to publish anyone’s stories, thoughts, or ideas in newspapers, on TV, on the radio, online, and more.

4. Freedom of assembly: you have the freedom to gather together with other people in peaceful groups.

5. Freedom of petition: you have the freedom to officially bring your concerns to the government by collecting signatures from other people who agree with you.

We are the First Amendment Museum, a non-partisan, non-profit whose mission is to inspire US to “Live Our Freedoms” by understanding and using our First Amendment rights to advance democracy so that all reap the benefits.

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