But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. The First Amendment to the U. Constitution protects the freedom of speech, religion and the press. It also protects the right to peaceful protest and to petition the government. The amendment was adopted in along with nine other amendments that make up the Bill of Rights The Second Amendment is one of 10 amendments that form the Bill of Rights, ratified in by the U.
Differing interpretations of the amendment — often referred to as the right to bear arms — have fueled a long-running debate over gun control legislation and the By the late s, prohibition movements had sprung up across the United States, driven by religious groups who considered alcohol, specifically drunkenness, a threat to the nation.
The movement reached its apex in when Congress ratified the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the Freedom of speech—the right to express opinions without government restraint—is a democratic ideal that dates back to ancient Greece. In the United States, the First Amendment guarantees free speech, though the United States, like all modern democracies, places limits on this The long debate over lowering the voting age in America from 21 to 18 began during World War II and intensified during the Vietnam War, when young men denied the right to vote were being conscripted to fight for their country.
In the case Oregon v. Mitchell, a divided U. The 25th Amendment to the U. Passed by Congress on July 6, , the 25th Amendment was ratified by the states Maryland had placed a prohibitive tax on the bank notes of the Second Bank of the United States. When the Maryland courts upheld Americans enjoy freedom of the press as one of the rights guaranteed by This Day In History. The Preamble to the U. Constitution The Preamble to the Constitution outlines the document's purpose and guiding principles. It reads: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Articles of Confederation. The U. Freedom of Religion in the U.
Well educated and prosperous, Thomas Jefferson was a Virginia lawyer and politician who came to believe the British Parliament held no authority over the 13 colonies. As secretary of state under Washington, Jefferson clashed constantly with Hamilton over foreign policy and the role of government. He later served as vice president to John Adams prior to becoming president, himself, in At the Constitutional Convention, he proved to be perhaps the most influential delegate, developing a plan to divide the federal government into three branches—legislative, executive and judicial—each with checks on its power.
Madison next co-authored the Federalist Papers and, as a U. Not nearly as recognized as his major Founder cohorts, John Jay nonetheless played a pivotal role in the creation of the United States.
A lawyer, he originally preferred reconciling with Britain rather than fighting for independence. Once war broke out, however, he wholeheartedly joined the side of the colonists, serving, among other roles, as a diplomat to Spain and linking up with Franklin and Adams to negotiate the Treaty of Paris. Upon returning to the United States, Jay served as secretary of foreign affairs under the Articles of Confederation and authored a few of the Federalist Papers.
In , he became the first chief justice of the U. Supreme Court, and six years later he was elected governor of New York. Many other figures have also been cited as Founding Fathers or Mothers. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. He was a founding father, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an American hero—but most have probably not heard of Caesar Rodney or his dramatic hour midnight horseback ride to Philadelphia to cast a critical, deciding vote in favor of separating from Great On February 4, , electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
Previously, states had governed much like independent Today, it may seem impossible to imagine the U. But in , when delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia to hash out the foundations of their new government, they While conditions were notoriously cold and harsh and provisions were in short supply, it was at the American Revolution leader John Hancock was a signer of the Declaration of Independence in and a governor of Massachusetts.
No documents have had a greater influence on the citizens of our country than the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Later, the Constitution outlined our style of government and defined the rights that are protected from intrusion by government. These documents have been a beacon to all men and women who value freedom. They are just as meaningful now as when they were written.
The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were written with the intent that they could be easily read and understood by ordinary citizens. The difficulty comes with the changes in the English language that have occurred since they were written, making both documents more difficult to decipher. Freedom Defined addresses this problem by providing instant access to the definitions of words and phrases used in these documents.
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The definitions are based on dictionaries used during the early years of the United States, the records of the Constitutional Convention, and the writings of the Founding Fathers. Benjamin Franklin, one of the few men to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, is among the greatest statesmen America has ever produced.
He had only two years of schooling as a child, but as he grew to young manhood he taught himself through reading, writing, hard work, travel, and scientific experimentation. Through this program of self-education he eventually became an internationally acclaimed scholar and inventor, receiving honorary degrees from several universities on two continents. This may at first seem troublesome and interrupting; but it is a trouble that will daily diminish, as you will daily find less and less occasion for your dictionary, as you become more acquainted with the terms; and in the meantime you will read with more satisfaction, because with more understanding.
What can we do to guard against losing it? To accomplish this, the American people adopted the Constitution of the United States. For more than two hundred years America has been viewed as the home of liberty by many nations of the world. Each generation of Americans must earn again the rights and liberties passed on to them. To do so, you must first read and understand these two vital documents. Although both of them were written for ordinary citizens, certain parts are not easy to read today because the English language has changed in some ways since the late s.
That is why this resource has been prepared. By providing definitions of many difficult words and phrases, Freedom Defined can help you understand the documents that gave birth to our country. The definitions are based on dictionaries used during the early years of the United States, the records of the Constitutional Convention of , and the writings of the Founding Fathers and others who have studied the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
The great men and women who formed our nation created a wise and effective system of self-government that has made Americans the first free people in modern times. Their flame of freedom has now been passed to us. May we hold it high for future generations to see and follow. No two political documents have had a more dramatic and far-reaching influence on human liberty than the American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
They are inseparable parts of one whole: the first proclaims the philosophical ideals on which a free nation was founded, while the second provides the practical means by which those ideals may be implemented and perpetuated. For this reason, each new generation of Americans inherits an obligation to uphold and safeguard that system.
We owe our allegiance to the US Constitution, not to political candidates, parties, or programs.
To safely utilize and maintain our free political process, we must know how to govern ourselves in accordance with correct constitutional principles. He said, "in a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? Parents and educators followed his advice and for many years thereafter virtually all Americans understood the Constitution and how it was designed to work. If you question [an American] respecting his own country, In the United States, politics are the end and aim of education.
To do so, we must first read and understand them. That is the purpose for which this resource has been prepared. The Declaration of Independence was authored by Thomas Jefferson.