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Washington’s promise of religious freedom quickly spread throughout the country and was solidified through the 1791 Bill of Rights. Religious Freedom is now the fundamental law of the United States.

Washington's Farewell

Washington's Farewell

Washington resigned from office in 1796, just after his second term. Washington informed the public of this through his Farewell Address. Read more about Washington's address and the impact it had on the American people.

Goodbye Washington
Liberty for All

Liberty for All

Washington believed that all religions had the right to worship freely, and wanted to make sure this lasted for generations to come. Read more about Washington and religion in the link below.

Washington's Legacy

Why is the first amendment still important today? What does it protect?

Religious Freedom For All

1788
1978
The Constitution is Ratified
Congress Passes the Bill of Rights
The Enslaved are Set Free
Equal Rights for Formerly Enslaved
Religious Freedom for All

June 21, 1788

The Constitution is Ratified

The Constitution became the official governing framework for the United States, replacing the Articles of Confederation. The work was not completely finished, however, because founding fathers began to introduce amendments soon after it was ratified.

Congress Passes the Bill of Rights

Congress ratifies the Bill of Rights, which includes the 1st Amendment. This was applicable to every citizen of the US – but not to those who were enslaved or indigenous.

The Enslaved are Set Free

Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery.

Equal Rights for Formerly Enslaved

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is passed, granting equal rights to all people born or naturalized in the United States. This includes formerly enslaved peoples, but not indigenous peoples

Religious Freedom for All

The American Indian Religious Freedom Act is enacted, which protects indigenous people's rights to religious freedom. Now, everyone in America has the right to religious freedom under law.

Who was originally excluded from Religious Freedom? Why do you think that happened?

Why might Washington’s words be printed in newspapers and circulated around the world? How were his words revolutionary?

Religious Freedom Home

Click the link to go back to Religious Freedom Classroom Resources

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Watch Religious Freedom


Learn how George Washington successfully established religious freedom in America with this 15 minute film!

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