Effects Of The First Amendment

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THE FIRST AMENDMENT

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THE FIRST AMENDMENT
Introduction
The first amendment was adopted back in December of 1791 primarily to relieve the opposition of constitutional ratification by the anti-federalists of the time. The first amendment states that "The Congress shall not make a law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging 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." Breaking the first amendment down, there is the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and also the right of the citizens to petition about a particular government policy or undertaking. The subsequent section looks at attempts by the court to implement the first amendment or the process of incorporating it as a limit of state governments. The thesis of this paper is that though the enactment of the First Amendment was crucial to limiting some of the misdeeds that were committed by the government, there is insufficient interpretation and application of its provisions in the modern society.
Gitlow Vs. New York Case
In 1919, a warrant of arrest was issued against Benjamin Gitlow and three others, all of whom were socialists, due to the publication and distribution of documents that endorsed a left-wing manifesto. The four were tried on the accusation of having tried to enforce socialist
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