The First and Fourth Amendments

by Morgan Caione

The First Amendment

The First Amendment of the Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and expression from government interference. The First Amendment makes it illegal to make a law that establishes a religion, stops the freedom of speech, stops people from practicing their religion, stops the press from printing what they want, and stops people from exercising their right to assemble peacefully or demonstrating against the government. The First Amendment was written because at American citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedoms. It was ratified on December 15, 1791.

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The Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects people from being searched or having their things taken away from them without any good reason. The police can’t do anything until they convince a judge that they have probable cause, and then they can get a warrant which gives them permission to search. The Fourth Amendment was made because the Founding Fathers wanted to protect the rights of individuals and prevent the government from abusing its powers. It was also ratified on December 15, 1791.

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