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Ch 13: AP US Government and Politics: Civil Liberties

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Watch these video lessons as you study for the AP US Government and Politics exam and 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

Civil liberties are a key part of Americans' political life. In this series of video lessons, our experienced instructors 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. After completing these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Explain the origins of civil liberties in the United States
  • Detail law and order and rights of the the accused
  • Outline the right to privacy
  • Summarize the history of the right to bear ams
  • Identify due process
  • Discuss Tinker v Des Moines and the impact on free speech
  • Summarize Schenck v United States, Wisconsin v Yoder and Engel v Vitale

12 Lessons in Chapter 13: AP US Government and Politics: Civil Liberties
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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.

Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments

2. Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments

There are only two amendments that stand for the same rights: the 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment. In this lesson, we will learn how both amendments speak to the rights of life, liberty and property with government protection and due process.

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

3. 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.

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Impact on Free Speech in Schools

4. Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Impact on Free Speech in Schools

How much control do schools have over what students say and do? This lesson examines the First Amendment limits in education, and the court case (Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District) that changed those limits.

Schenck v. United States: Summary

5. Schenck v. United States: Summary

''Schenck v. United States'' is a Supreme Court case from 1919. In this lesson, we will learn about the First Amendment freedom of expression and the concept of clear and present danger developed by this case.

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

6. 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.

Engel v. Vitale in 1962: Summary, Facts & Decision

7. Engel v. Vitale in 1962: Summary, Facts & Decision

The following lesson will cover the case of Engel v. Vitale to determine the place of religious prayer in public schools. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Wisconsin v. Yoder: Case Brief & Summary

8. Wisconsin v. Yoder: Case Brief & Summary

Wisconsin v. Yoder is an important Supreme Court case concerning the freedom of religion in the United States. In this lesson, we will learn about the case's background, Constitutional question, and the decision of the justices.

Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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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