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Ch 59: HiSET: Civil Liberties in America

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The informative, quick video lessons in this chapter explain the essential American civil liberties concepts you need to know for the Social Studies HiSET exam. Study freedom of speech and religion, rights of the accused and the role of courts in deciding civil liberties.

HiSET: Civil Liberties in America - Chapter Summary

Civil liberties concepts are important not just for HiSET-takers, but for all American citizens. Use these entertaining videos to learn about important Bill of Rights guarantees and historic court rulings that defined or defended them. As you explore the lesson topics, you'll study:

  • The origins of civil liberties in the United States
  • First Amendment protections
  • Complications over the right to bear arms
  • Rights of suspects, defendants and incarcerated persons
  • The significance of Brown v. Board of Education
  • The civil rights struggles of numerous groups in American history

A transcript accompanies each video to make it easy to locate the names of key concepts and terms. Use the multiple-choice lesson assessments to evaluate your mastery of the subject material and practice for the exam.

Objectives of the HiSET: Civil Liberties in America Chapter

The HiSET Social Studies is one of five subtests on the HiSET high school equivalency exam available in several states. The 50 multiple-choice questions on the Social Studies HiSET cover four subject areas: civics and government (38%), history (38%), economics (18%) and geography (6%). This chapter covers the important civil liberties topics you'll encounter in the civics and government portion of the exam.

You will have 70 minutes to answer all the questions on the HiSET test. Use the lesson quizzes in this chapter to practice for your exam- try timing yourself to assess your pace. You can take the quizzes as many times as you like.

12 Lessons in Chapter 59: HiSET: Civil Liberties in America
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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.

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.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Definition, Decision & Significance

8. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Definition, Decision & Significance

In this lesson, we will learn about the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. We will take an in-depth look at the facts surrounding Brown and the aftermath of the decision.

The Civil Rights of Other Minorities: Issues & Actions Taken

9. 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.

The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues

10. 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.

The Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities: Judicial & Legislative Victories

11. 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.

Equal Protection Under The Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary

12. Equal Protection Under The Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary

In this lesson, we will learn about the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. We will take a closer look at the history behind this clause, what it contains and what it means to society today.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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