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First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Bill of RightsPassed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights (pictured).

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.

Source: National Constitution Center (text) and National Archives (image). 


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First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution