• Civil Rights & Civil Liberties


    Basic Level: Be able to . . .

    1. Explain the differences between civil rights and civil liberties.
    2. Explain how 1st Amendment speech rights have been incorporated and limited by the Supreme Court.
    3. Explain how 1st Amendment religious rights have been incorporated and limited by the Supreme Court.
    4. Explain how 2nd Amendment rights have been incorporated by the Supreme Court.
    5. Explain how specific Amendments to the US Constitution and Supreme Court rulings protect those accused of crimes.
    6. Explain the success and failures of civil rights for African Americans.
    7. Explain the success and failures of civil rights for Women.
    8. Explain the success and failures of civil rights for other ethnic and sexual minorities.


    Advanced Understanding: Be able to . . .

    1. Understand the development of individual rights and liberties and their impact on citizens.
    2. Analyze significant Supreme Court rulings and their impact on citizens.
    3. Analyze how the 14th Amendment and the doctrine of selective incorporation have been used to extend protection of rights and liberties.
    4. Assess the strengths and weakness of Supreme Court decisions as tools of social change.



    Unit Test Make-up: Part I-Answer all basic level questions with details

    Part II-Answer two advanced understanding questions in MLA or APA format, with citations for two sources for each answer, and up-load to turnitin.com to verify original work.



    Chapter Learning Goals

    Chapter 4:   Civil Liberties

    1. Explain three ideas and/or events that led to the inclusion of civil liberties into the U. S. Constitution (4.1)
    2. Explain what the establishment clause and the free exercise clause and how the Supreme Court has incorporated those ideals. (4.2)
    3. Identify and explain 1st Amendment guarantees and limitations on freedom of speech, the press, and assembly. (4.3)
    4. Summarize changes in the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. (4.4)
    5. Define, with examples, six different rights of those accused of crimes. (4.5)
    6. Explain challenges facing the future of domestic policy in the U.S. (4.5)
    7. Define, with examples, three different issues related to the right to privacy. (4.6)
    8. Explain three different compromises to civil liberties that have resulted from the war on terrorism. (4.7)




    Chapter 5:  Civil Rights

    1. Compare and contrast the struggle for suffrage between African Americans and women from 1800 to 1890. (5.1)
    2. Outline the significant dates involving the struggle for civil rights between African Americans and women from 1890 to 1954. (5.2)
    3. Analyze the effect of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the Civil Rights act of 1964. (5.3)
    4. Analyze successes and failures of the women’s rights movement from the 1960s to the present. (5.4)
    5. Analyze the effectiveness of improved civil rights for Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Asian & Pacific Island Americans, the LGBT+ community, and Americans with disabilities. (5.5)
    6. Define “affirmative action” and explain Supreme Court rulings on the issue since the 1970s. (5.6)



    Vocabulary Terms & Concepts

    Chapter 4

    1st Amendment

    4th Amendment

    5th Amendment

    6th Amendment

    9th Amendment

    10th Amendment

    bill of attainder

    Bill of Rights

    Civil liberties

    Clear and present danger test

    Direct incitement test

    Double jeopardy clause

    Due process clause

    Establishment clause

    ex post facto law

    Exclusionary rule

    fighting words

    Free exercise clause

    Fundamental freedoms

    Hate speech

    Incorporation doctrine

    Lemon test


    Miranda rights

    Prior restraint

    Right to privacy

    Selective incorporation


    Substantive due process

    Symbolic speech

    writs of habeas corpus


    Chapter 5

    13th Amendment

    14th Amendment

    15th Amendment

    19th Amendment

    Affirmative action

    Americans with Disabilities Act

    Black codes

    Civil Rights

    De facto discrimination

    De jure discrimination

    Equal protection clause

    Grandfather clause

    Jim Crow Laws

    Poll tax

    Strict scrutiny

    Suspect classification

    Title IX