History Of Freedom Of Speech Amendment  

In the US, freedom of speech is a civil right that all citizens can exercise. Freedom of Speech has been accurately defined in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The history of the amendment giving freedom of speech to US citizens dates back to the year 1789, when Madison proposed it along with 11 other amendments in the House of Representatives.

Out of the 12 amendment proposals put forward in the House by James Madison, ten were passed and ratified by the House and the state legislatures. These ten amendments to the US Constitution defined the civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens and took effect in December, 1791. They were incorporated into the U.S. Constitution as the U.S. Bill of Rights.

The First Amendment, as identified in the U.S. Bill of Rights, unmistakably proscribes the Federal government from meddling arbitrarily or unnecessarily with an individual’s speech. This concept of freedom of speech was also extended to the state constitutions by the ‘Due Process Clause’ of the Fourteenth Amendment of the  Constitution.

Although the Freedom of Speech Amendment was authored by James Madison, its underlying concept was given by Thomas Jefferson. The exact wordings of the statement of the Freedom of Speech Amendment are inspired by the corresponding free speech provisions stated in several other state constitutions. The main source of inspiration for the idea behind the Freedom of Speech Amendment to the US Constitution is thought to be the English Magna Carta of 1215 CE.

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