Why did the founding fathers include the freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights?
Because people used to be persecuted and put in jail and even killed for speaking out or against the Crown or other forms of government. Americans have the right to speak their minds. We decided to have a country where people could say what they felt without fear of retribution. Freedom of speech was actually in the Bill of Rights because of the Stamp Act of 1765. The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances was because of people not being able to "bad mouth" the Crown.