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Ch 15: Rights & Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship

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View the video lessons in this chapter to examine the rights and requirements of citizenship in the United States. Improve your understanding of the citizenship process and the history of the fight for civil rights throughout the nation.

Rights & Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship - Chapter Summary

By studying this chapter's video lessons, you will strengthen your knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen. Instructors discuss some of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights; they also guide you through the history of civil liberties in the United States. In addition, you'll explore civil rights movements and court decisions as well as what it takes to become a U.S. citizen. After finishing the lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Describe the freedom of speech, press and assembly and the freedom of religion
  • Identify the procedural rights given to those accused of a crime
  • Explain citizens' right to privacy
  • Recognize the court system's role in deciding civil liberties
  • Discuss the causes and effects of civil rights movements in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Understand the purpose of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Explain the significance of the Brown v. Board of Education decision
  • Describe the civil rights issues fought for by women and minorities
  • Define the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment
  • List the steps in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen
  • Identify traits of effective citizenship

Our video lessons are usually less than 10 minutes long, and they include timelines that let you rewatch excerpts as needed. You can study the lessons' transcripts as well, which highlight important terms. All of our lessons also include multiple-choice quizzes so that you can check your understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

16 Lessons in Chapter 15: Rights & Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship
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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 Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties

6. 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.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

7. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

The 1950s witnessed a rejuvenation of the civil rights movement. Learn about the transformation of the movement, its important events and the impact it had on the 1960s.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

8. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was an extension of the progress made during the 1950s. Learn about the movement's landmark achievements, its fracturing and its legacies.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts

9. The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided protection for minorities against discriminatory practices in voting. We'll consider its historical background, its provisions, its amendments, and its recent interpretation by the Supreme Court.

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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

Equal Protection Under The Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary

13. 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.

The Meaning of the US Oath of Allegiance

14. The Meaning of the US Oath of Allegiance

In this lesson, we will take a close look at the meaning of the US Oath of Allegiance. We'll examine the Oath section by section and identify a few possible variations used in certain circumstances.

US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

15. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.

Traits of Effective Citizenship in Pluralistic Democracy

16. Traits of Effective Citizenship in Pluralistic Democracy

What is a pluralistic democracy? Well, if you're an American citizen, you live in one. But for this type of society to run smoothly, people have to be effective citizens. Learn what that means, and then test yourself with a brief quiz.

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