This is a 25 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on The First Amendment to the American Bill of Rights. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides to the presentation as needed.
The U. S. Constitution document was signed on September 17, 1787, but still had to be ratified 9 of the 13 states. By December 7, 1787, DE, PA, NJ, GA and CT were the first 5 to sign. Several states expressed concerns that the document did not provide enough individual protections, those states included MD, SC and most notable; MA. MA refused to sign the document because it failed to: reserve un-delegated powers to the states and lacked protection of constitutional rights such as speech, religion and the press.
In February 1788, a comprise was reached that would add amendments to satisfy MA. Satisfied, MD, SC and MA all ratified the document as amended, bringing the total to 8 states who had signed. In June 1788, NH became the 9th state to ratify, insuring adoption! In June, VA and NY ratified.
It was agreed that the government under the United States Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten Amendments were ratified in July 1791. NC became the 12th state to ratify. RI, which had held out, opposing the federal control of money and issue of the slavery compromise, ratified on May 29, 1790 after the Government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state.
The Bill of Rights then, was introduced to Congress in 1789 and adopted on December 15, 1791, and included the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. This presentation deals with only the First Amendment.
The presentation covers the following:
Two Opposing Groups
The First Amendment
First Amendment Text
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the Press
Right to Assemble
Right to Petition
First Amendment: Interpretations
Interpretations: Freedom of Religion
Interpretations: Freedom of Speech (2)
Interpretations: Freedom of Press
Interpretations: The Right to Assemble (2)
Interpretations: The Right to Petition
End of Presentation
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