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Surname1 Name: Instructor: Course Code: Date: Bill of Rights Introduction The Bill of Rights can be termed as what the government is supposed to do for its citizens and what it should avoid. The first draft on the Bill of Rights stated what the government should do, failing to include what it couldn’t do. With this absence in the bill of rights, constitution ratification in the U.S become a problem. The anti-Federalists opposed it due to the fear of a centralized government. In 1791, the American bill of rights was adopted, with its first ten amendments in the constitution, becoming the directives for the land. The First Amendment establishes the range in civil and political rights that include freedom of religion, press speech, and assembly, thereby becoming the most important bill of rights. Among these rights granted by the First Amendment, freedom of speech remain the most important. With the freedom of speech, all the other rights can be effected within this amendment. For example, the freedom of the press. For the press to report an event, the need to have the freedom to express itself. Manifestation for freedom of speech in the world The freedom of speech is contained in the First Amendments of Bill of Rights. Each individual is entitled to its own opinion and expression. The rights include the freedom of holding opinions without interference, expressing one's ideas on media regardless of frontiers. After the constitutional ratification in the U.S, the state legislatures and the anti-Federalists had a concern since much power was placed on the federal government by the new constitution (A.L.B, 2019).
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Surname2 With the adoption of Alien and Sedition Acts by congress in 1798, publications on “false” malicious and scandalous write-ups were prohibited concerning the federal government, the president, or any house of congress. The law only allowed the truth in order to provide proof for that malicious intent. In between the 1800s to 1900s, there come other laws that restricted the freedom of speech compared to today. The state government and the city monitored books, comedy acts, newspapers, and those films that had offensive content. They imposed laws with arrests and fines. For instance, with the Comstock laws,
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