Amendments 1 and 4

Amendments of the U.S. Constitution

Amendment 1: Freedom of Religion, Press, and Expression

"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."


Through this amendment, Congress will be prohibited from interfering with the personal beliefs of other people. Congress can also not hold one form of religion above another, or one idea above another based strictly on their personal opinions.

People will also be able to freely exercise their religious beliefs without restriction, as well as their views on society.


The first amendment was encouraged to be created by the general public, as they wanted a guaranteed way to have a freedom of speech. Everyone agreed on a law to ensure the basic freedoms of the people.


The first amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791, as a part of ratification of the Bill of Rights.

Amendment 2: Right of Protection Against Unreasonable Searches (Right of Privacy)

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."


Through this amendment, the public will be protected from any search that is not applicable for as long as there is no logical reason for the search to be conducted. Personal possessions will be left to the original owner when a property search is made, as those possessions should not be tampered with as long as permission is not granted by the owners.

This, again, grants rights to society and the general public to protect them from unnecessary searches.

The fourth amendment was created and encouraged primarily by the Founding Fathers to protect individuals and to limit the power that was given to the government. British Officials in the colonies actually had the right to complete a search at any time, which did not please much of the public. The amendment was also created to limit any excess police power.


This amendment was also ratified on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights. This was the case for the first 10 amendment.

The Fourth Amendment Explained: US Government Review

Great website for all of the 10 Amendments on the Bill of Rights:

Harry Adams

Period 3 Humanities