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Ratifying the Constitution Signing the Constitution Delegates to the Constitutional Convention The Work Begins Writing the Constitution The Great Compromise Bill of Rights Powers of the Federal Government The Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Amendments Women - The Right to Vote

The Bill of Rights

The First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law establishing a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people to assemble peaceably, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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In the 1833 landmark case of Barron v. Baltimore, the Supreme Court ruled that the Bill of Rights only applied to the federal government. If this had remained the law, most of the rights we now take for granted - such as freedom of speech, the right to know why you are being arrested, the right to a jury or freedom of religion - would not be enforceable at the state and local government level - where it arises most often today.

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