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Title: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
What are civil rights and what are civil
  • Civil Rights The right of every person to equal
    protection under the law and equal access to
    societys opportunities and public facilities.
  • Civil Liberties Individual rights that are
    protected from infringement by government.

Civil Rights and EqualityAll men are created
  • Equality One of the founding principles of our
    democracy, yet still unrealized.
  • What is equality?
  • In theory, Americans have equal rights in
    practice, they are not equal and never have

The Struggle for Equality African Americans
  • Slavery and the Civil War
  • The 13, 14, and 15th Amendments
  • 13 Abolished Slavery
  • 14 Guaranteed equal protection and due
  • 15 Gave African Americans the right to vote.
  • Jim Crow Laws (Post 1877)

Would you have been able to vote?The Alabama
Literacy Test
  • Which body of Congress can try impeachments of
    the President?
  • At what time of day on January 20th does the term
    of the President end?
  • If the president does not sign a bill, how many
    days is he allowed in which to return it to
    Congress for reconsideration?
  • If a bill is passed by Congress and the President
    refuses to sign it and does not send it back to
    Congress in session within the specified period
    of time, is the bill defeated or does it become
  • If the United States wishes to purchase land for
    an arsenal and have exclusive legislative
    authority over it, consent is required from whom?
  • Which officer of the United States government is
    designated as President of the Senate?
  • When is the president not allowed to exercise his
    power to pardon?
  • Why is the power to grant patents given to
  • What is a tribunal?
  • If a person charged with treason denies his
    guilt, how many people must testify against him
    before he can be convicted?

Landmark Court Cases
  • Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
  • Separate but equal
  • Court endorsed Jim Crow Laws
  • The use of race as a criterion of exclusion in
    public matters was not unreasonable.
  • - Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

The Civil Rights Movement
  • 1955 Bus Boycott in Montgomery, AL
  • 1957 Little Rock, AK Desegregation

The Civil Rights Movement (continued)
  • 1963 March in Birmingham, AL led by MLK, Jr.
  • 1963 March on Washington, DC.
  • I have a dream speech.

The Civil Rights Acts
  • Three civil rights acts were passed shortly after
    the Brown decision did little to help the cause
    of blacks.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Civil Rights Act of 1968
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

Women and the Struggle for Equality
  • United States carried on policies from England
    when the nation was founded.
  • 1848 First Womens Rights Convention in Seneca
    Falls, NY
  • 19th Amendment in 1920 gave women the right to
  • ERA

Equality Today
  • African Americans and Women
  • Notable Gains v. Continued Struggles
  • De facto Discrimination Discrimination that is
    the result of social, economic, or cultural
    biases or conditions.
  • De jure Discrimination Discrimination based on
    the law.
  • Equality of Result Policies aimed at reducing or
    eliminating de facto discrimination.
  • Examples Affirmative action and busing

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Affirmative Action
  • Affirmative Action Deliberate effort to provide
    full and equal opportunities in employment,
    education, and other areas for women, minorities,
    and individuals belonging to other disadvantaged
  • Many court cases have addressed the issue of
    affirmative action, including the following
  • Regents of CA v. Bakke (1978)
  • US Steel v. Weber (1979)
  • Wards Cove v. Atonio (1989)
  • Adarand v. Pena (1995)

  • What are some arguments in favor of and in
    opposition to affirmative action?

Civil Liberties
  • Civil Liberties Individual rights that are
    protected from infringement by government.
  • Foundation for Civil Liberties Bill of Rights
    and Interpretations of the Supreme Court

Our Civil Liberties
  • The First Amendment
  • a. Freedom of Religion
  • b. Freedom of Speech
  • c. Freedom of the Press
  • 2. The Second Amendment
  • The Right to Bear Arms
  • 3. The Rights of the Accused
  • 4. The Right to Privacy

Terrorism and Civil Liberties
  • The debate After 9/11, how do we prevent another
    terrorist attack?
  • Main Argument National Security should take
    precedence over civil liberties (when they
  • Counter-Argument Civil liberties should ALWAYS
    take precedence.

  • We want to be a stable, democratic system. We do
    not want to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
  • What happens, however, when safety and stability
    are achieved or promoted through undemocratic
    means? Is compromising civil liberties
    undemocratic when it is necessary?

The Main Argument in Support of Compromising
Civil Liberties
  • When they conflict, national security takes
    precedence over civil liberties.
  • Examples (of why this is good)
  • Foiled terrorist attacks.
  • Most Americans are unaffected.
  • Stability ensured.
  • Democratic process as watchdog.

The Counter-Argument
  • Civil liberties take precedence over National
  • Examples (of why this is bad)
  • Racial profiling
  • Japanese internment
  • Discrimination against Muslims

The Patriot Act (2001)
What do you think?
  • Does the government have the right to infringe on
    civil liberties? When? How far is too far?
  • What about racial profiling? Is racial profiling
    an acceptable deviation from the equal protection
  • Is the government protecting US citizens from
    future terrorist attacks or invading their
  • Is the Patriot Act a necessary part of life after
    September 11 or does it overstep the boundaries
    of privacy invasion?