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Bill of Rights Day (1791): December 15, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.169

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.” 

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10323—Bill of Rights Day, 2021:

“Opportunities to improve our Constitution have been contemplated since its inception. On December 15, 1791, three-fourths of the existing State legislatures ratified the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution—the Bill of Rights. These Amendments protect some of the most indispensable rights and liberties that define us as Americans. Though we have often struggled to live up to the promises they contain, 230 years after the ratification of the Bill of Rights, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms remains at the center of our democracy.

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“The Bill of Rights is important not only in the freedoms it protects but in its demonstration of America's enduring commitment to self-improvement and striving to continuously form a "more perfect union." Since 1791, 17 additional Amendments have been ratified for a total of 27 Amendments to the Constitution.”

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 (QSS) (2003 - 2022).  

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

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

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