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Civil Rights & Liberties in the United States - Chapter Summary
This mobile-friendly and self-paced chapter examines the history of civil rights and liberties in the United States. Taught by expert history instructors, the chapter contains short lessons and practice quizzes that help you review and retain important topics related to civil liberty cases, ongoing civil rights issues, civil rights activism and judicial/legislative civil rights victories. You can access this chapter at any time that fits your schedule. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Define the concept of civil liberty
- Recognize important civil liberty cases
- Trace the historical origins of civil liberties and civil rights in the U.S.
- Evaluate civil rights issues and actions related to the rights of women, homosexuals, Americans with disabilities and other minorities
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The Origins of Civil Rights: History & Overview
Most people know that a major victory for civil rights was won when the slaves were freed after the American Civil War, but that was just the beginning. In this lesson, we'll look at civil rights and the Civil Rights Movement in America.
4. The Civil Rights of Other Minorities: Issues & Actions Taken
In this lesson, we will review the timeline of several smaller minority groups. We will take a closer look at the background of basic human civil rights, how the groups are fighting for their rights and what they mean to society today.
5. The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues
In this lesson, we will review the timeline of the civil rights of women. We will take a closer look at the background of the rights, what they include and what they mean to society today.
6. The Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities: Judicial & Legislative Victories
In this lesson, we will review the timeline of the civil rights of Americans with disabilities. We will take a closer look at the background of the rights, what they include and what they mean to society today.
7. Gay Rights Movement: Timeline & Activism
Through this lesson, you will be given a brief introduction to the gay rights movement, including highlights of important events from the last 50 years. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a quiz.
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