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- The history of civil liberties in America
- The importance of freedom of speech, press and assembly
- Freedom of religion defined
- The procedural rights of the accused
- The right to privacy
- The history of the right to bear arms
- The courts' role in deciding civil liberties in a free society
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. Dawes Act: History & Consequences
Through this lesson, you will be introduced to a U.S. congressional act known as the Dawes Act, and gain insight into how this piece of legislation has affected the lives of Native peoples for over a century.
9. Debtor Prison: Definition & Overview
If you were unable to pay your debts, should you be required to go to prison? This was a common practice in colonial America. Learn more about the definition and history of debtor's prison, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. 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.
11. Equal Rights Amendment: Definition, History, Pros & Cons
Explore the history and significance of the Equal Rights Amendment and test your understanding of American history, the politics of equality, and American activism.
12. Equality: Definition, Types & Examples
Through this lesson, you will learn how to define the concept of equality, learn some of the types that exist, and come to understand why equality is so often difficult to uphold in diverse societies.
13. Freedom of Religion: Definition, Amendment & Rights
In this lesson we explore the freedom of religion. We uncover what it means, where it is found in the First Amendment, and what rights this gives us today.
14. Gideon v. Wainwright 1963: Summary, Facts & Decision
Clarence Gideon was a poor man who could not afford an attorney. In his trial, he was not provided one. He appealed to the Supreme Court, who ruled that if a person cannot afford a lawyer, the state must provide him with one.
15. Gitlow v. New York in 1925: Summary & Decision
In this lesson we'll be looking at the Gitlow v. New York case, a landmark case in states' rights and the extent of the First Amendment. After learning about this important moment in history, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
16. Hurricane Katrina: Facts, Timeline, Damage & Aftermath
Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive natural disasters in recent history. This lesson reviews what made the hurricane so devastating. The lesson also delves into what the disaster taught us about racial inequality, government inadequacy and modern-day migration.
17. Lemon v. Kurtzman in 1971: Summary, Decision & Significance
In this lesson, we'll be looking at the famous ''Lemon v. Kurtzman'' case of 1971. You'll learn not just what it was about and its decision, but also but kind of significance this case and its decision had. From there, you can test your knowledge with a quiz!
18. Mapp v. Ohio in 1961: Summary, Decision & Significance
Dollree Mapp was convicted in 1957 of possession of pornography. But the Supreme Court overturned her conviction because the police obtained evidence illegally. Mapp v. Ohio used the Fourteenth Amendment to apply the Bill of Rights to state laws as well as federal laws.
19. Martin Luther King Jr.: Biography, Facts & Quotes
This lesson takes you on a journey of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. Martin Luther King, Jr. was perhaps the most influential leader of the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
20. Miller v. California in 1973: Summary & Decision
What is 'obscenity?' How do we know? The Supreme Court in 1973 tried to create a definition of a surprisingly ambiguous legal term, and ended up creating a new rule that changed the nature of the First Amendment.
21. The Exclusionary Rule: Definition, History, Pros & Cons
The exclusionary rule is one of the most commonly-used (and famous) principles in U.S. criminal law. If evidence is illegally or unconstitutionally seized, it can't be used at trial - and this rule has changed the most basic ways in which the criminal justice system operates.
22. What are Civil Liberties? - Definition, Examples & Cases
What are civil liberties? How are they different from civil rights? How do we know exactly what (and when) they are? The issue of civil liberties began with the Constitution and continues with the U.S. Supreme Court.
23. What Are Jim Crow Laws? - Definition, Examples & History
Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in effect from 1876 to 1965 in the United States. Learn more about the definition and history of this term, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
24. What is a Civil Society? - Definition & Examples
Through this lesson you will learn what defines a civil society and what types of organizations fall into this category. You'll also gain an understanding of how civil society contributes to a functioning nation.
25. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): History, Mission & Lawsuits
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit organization, which we will learn about in this lesson. We will talk about its history, mission, and learn about a few important lawsuits that the ACLU has participated in.
26. What are Trade Unions? - Definition & Overview
America has always been known as a country where anyone could prosper through honest labor. However, many in our nation's history have not reached that goal, despite hard work. This lesson will explain how trade unions emerged as a result of workers in America pursuing these goals.
27. What is the Fifth Estate? - Definition & Media
This lesson goes over a term going around nowadays known as the Fifth Estate. You'll learn what it is and what it entails with respect to modern policy settings.
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