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Ch 13: AP US Government and Politics: Civil Liberties

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Watch these video lessons to learn more about civil liberties, from what they are to how we got them. The self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson can help you gauge your understanding of these materials.

AP U.S. Government and Politics: Civil Liberties - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Civil liberties are a key part of Americans' political life. In this series of video lessons, an experienced instructor will lead you through the emergence of civil liberties from the 18th century through today. Learn about specific civil liberties, like the freedoms of religion, speech, press and assembly. See how those concepts are interpreted by American courts. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

  • How and why the Bill of Rights was created
  • Why civil liberties are important
  • What role courts play in settling questions on civil liberties

Video Objective
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline Summarize the Bill of Rights and how it came to be, and describe its expansion to the states.
Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations Tell why these rights matter; describe the limitations of these rights.
What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance Describe the two clauses that support freedom of religion, and explain how they can conflict; discuss why this freedom matters.
Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused Identify the rights specific to those accused of a crime.
The Right to Privacy: Definition, Lesson & Quiz Describe the right to privacy in the context of sexual behavior, abortion and modern technology.
The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons Identify arguments for and against this Second Amendment right.
The Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties Explain the role of the court system in articulating the freedoms and limits of civil liberties.

7 Lessons in Chapter 13: AP US Government and Politics: Civil Liberties
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

1. Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at where the civil liberties came from, what they entail and what they mean to society today.

Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations

2. Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations

In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of speech, press and assembly. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind these freedoms and the specific clauses of freedom of speech, press and assembly and what they mean to society today.

What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance

3. What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance

In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of religion. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind the freedom, the specific clauses of the freedom of religion and what it means to society today.

Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused

4. Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused

In this lesson, we will learn about the procedural rights of the accused. We will look at how these rights are defined and what they mean to our justice system today.

The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples

5. The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the right of privacy. We will take a closer look at the right, what it includes and what it means to society today.

The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

6. The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

In this lesson, we will learn about the right to bear arms. We will take a closer look at the right to find out what it includes and what it means to society today.

The Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties

7. The Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of the court's role with civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at what the court's positions entail and the effects on society today.

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