Ch 3: The Bill of Rights & Constitutional Protections

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This mobile-friendly chapter helps you quickly review the U.S. Bill of Rights and other constitutional protections. You can work through the lessons at your own pace, and the chapter can function as a convenient test preparation resource.

The Bill of Rights & Constitutional Protections - Chapter Summary

Explore this chapter's engaging lessons to study the Bill of Rights and a variety of protections under the U.S. Constitution. As you progress through the chapter, you'll examine several freedoms and rights that are outlined by the Bill of Rights and subsequent constitutional amendments. You'll also take a look at significant court cases and laws that relate to constitutional protections. The chapter is available 24/7, and you can access it on any computer or mobile device. We've also included short quizzes to help you check your understanding of the material. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Assess the importance of freedom of speech, press and assembly in the U.S.
  • Explain the Fighting Words doctrine
  • Summarize Miller v. California, Jacobellis v. Ohio, Griffin v. Illinois and Argersinger v. Hamlin
  • Interpret ex post facto laws
  • Define the right to privacy and right to bear arms
  • Evaluate the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments
  • Recognize bills of attainder
  • Discuss important Warren Court cases and decisions

16 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Bill of Rights & Constitutional Protections
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Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations

1. 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.

Fighting Words Doctrine: Definition, Law & Examples

2. Fighting Words Doctrine: Definition, Law & Examples

Not all speech is protected by the First Amendment. 'Fighting words' receive no constitutional protection. This lesson explains what constitutes fighting words and defines the fighting words doctrine.

Miller v. California in 1973: Summary & Decision

3. 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.

Jacobellis v. Ohio: Case, Summary & Facts

4. Jacobellis v. Ohio: Case, Summary & Facts

Free speech is an important and fundamental right found in the Bill of Rights. In this lesson we will explore the limits of free speech when we analyze the Supreme Court's decision in ''Jacobellis v. Ohio''.

Ex Post Facto: Definition, Laws & Example

5. Ex Post Facto: Definition, Laws & Example

In this lesson, we will learn the definition of ex post facto. We'll learn the ways in which a law can be considered to be ex post facto. In addition, we will look at some examples of ex post facto laws.

The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples

6. 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: Definition, Amendment & Debate

7. The Right to Bear Arms: Definition, Amendment & Debate

Gun control is one of the most highly debated issues in modern American politics. Learn here about the right to bear arms and how each side views the issue.

The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure

8. The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure

One of our rights according to the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution is the Fourth Amendment, and it protects citizens from illegal search and seizure of person or property with proper warrants stating probable cause.

Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments

9. 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.

Equal Protection Under The Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary

10. 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.

Prohibiting Bills of Attainder

11. Prohibiting Bills of Attainder

Our United States Constitution prohibits bills of attainder in Article I. A bill of attainder is a particular kind of legislative act. This lesson explains bills of attainder.

Griffin v. Illinois: Case & Decision

12. Griffin v. Illinois: Case & Decision

The ability to appeal a trial verdict is a right in a fair and impartial judicial system. In this lesson, you'll learn how the decision in Griffin v. Illinois affects the rights of indigent defendants wanting to appeal their case.

What is the 6th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Court Cases

13. What is the 6th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Court Cases

In this lesson, we'll look at what the 6th Amendment states, how it has been interpreted, and famous court cases that have dealt with the 6th Amendment. We'll also examine the famous case that gave us Miranda rights.

What is the 8th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Cases

14. What is the 8th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Cases

The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is one of the shortest amendments, but its interpretation has caused many debates. In this lesson, we'll review how the Supreme Court has interpreted its various clauses.

Argersinger v. Hamlin: Case Brief

15. Argersinger v. Hamlin: Case Brief

''Argersinger v. Hamlin'' (1972) is a U.S. Supreme Court case about the right to counsel. In this lesson, we will learn about the right to an attorney, explore the background of the case and find out why the highest court in the country overturned the misdemeanor conviction of an indigent defendant.

Warren Court: Definition, Cases & Decisions

16. Warren Court: Definition, Cases & Decisions

In this lesson, we'll examine the Warren Court and see some of the cases and decisions that were made during that time. There will be a quiz at the end of the lesson.

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