Lily Johnson and Eleanor Gilbert

Amendment 1 Ellie G Lily J

The First Amendment
The first amendment states that all Americans have the right to freedom of speech, religion, and press, and the rights to petition and assemble peacefully. It allows people to voice their opinions and practice their religion without fear of retribution from the government. This amendment was created by John Adams after Anti-Federalists voiced concern that the constitution didn't protect from abuse of power by the government. However, many countries do not have the equivalent of the first amendment. For example, in North Korea, not only will citizens be punished for criticizing the government, the entire family of the offender and three subsequent generations will be forced into labor camps. In conclusion, the First amendment matters today because people constantly use it to start protests, such as Occupy Wall Street, or to voice their opinions on blogs or FOX television.