Cox Enterprises First Amendment Gallery
45 Words of Freedom
On Dec. 15, 1791, the first 45 words of the Bill of Rights established the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For the first time in history, a constitution guaranteed its people five fundamental freedoms, to protect what James Madison called "the great rights of mankind."
This gallery explores the role that this guarantee of rights has played in expanding liberty and justice for everyone in the United States by putting each of the five freedoms in historical context and providing perspective on what they mean to us more than 200 years later.
Those five freedoms are inextricably linked, and they all are strengthened by a free press staying free. "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press," said Thomas Jefferson, "and that cannot be limited without being lost."
"Can't Touch This." Running Time: 8 minutes
Location: LEVEL 4
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