James Madison’s Original First Amendment


By: J.J. Jackson

James Madison’s Proposal for the First Amendment:

“The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed.” (James Madison’s proposal for a Bill of Rights)

“The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.” (James Madison’s proposal for a Bill of Rights)

“The people shall not be restrained from peaceably assembling and consulting for their common good; nor from applying to the Legislature by petitions, or remonstrances, for redress of their grievances.” (James Madison’s proposal for a Bill of Rights)

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