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According to the National Archives, “The Constitution might never have been ratified if the framers had not promised to add a Bill of Rights. The first ten amendments to the Constitution gave citizens more confidence in the new government and contain many of today's Americans most valued freedoms.”

Presidential Proclamation 2018:

“On Bill of Rights Day, we recognize the key role of the Bill of Rights in protecting our individual liberties and limiting the power of government. The Founding Fathers understood the real threat government can pose to the rights of the people. James Madison, who introduced the Bill of Rights in the Congress, stated that the ‘essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be, in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.’ That is why those first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, among others, protected the right to speak freely, the right to freely worship, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to due process of law. As a part of the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, the Bill of Rights has protected our rights effectively against the abuse of government power for 227 years.”

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Key Stats Relating to the First Amendment

National Archives, Amendment I: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

From Topics > Population > Computer and Internet Use

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Source: Quarterly Services Survey (latest report).

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Source: County Business Patterns (CBP).

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From U.S. Census Bureau History, Home Page Archive:

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From the Bicentennial Edition of Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970:

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From U.S. Census Bureau: FAQs

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From the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 (131st Edition) — Section 1. Population: Religion

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