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Civil Rights and Liberties Provocative Questions and Evolving Answers

ISBN-10: 0130845140
ISBN-13: 9780130845146
Edition: 2001
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Description: For undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Liberties, Introduction to American Politics, and Introduction to Law. This text examines contemporary and perennial constitutional issues in civil liberties and rights by posing  More...

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List price: $33.33
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 193
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

For undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Liberties, Introduction to American Politics, and Introduction to Law. This text examines contemporary and perennial constitutional issues in civil liberties and rights by posing questions designed to engage students in an exploration of how and why U.S. Supreme Court Justices have interpreted the provisions of the U.S. Constitutioni.e., relating to Freedom of Expression and Religion, and Equal Protection and Privacy. Each question is followed by an essay answer that explores, in a thought-provoking manner, the variety of ways these issues have been responded to in real cases.

Introduction: Judicial Defense of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
What Courts Do
How Do We Know What the Constitution Means?
The Fourteenth Amendment and the "Incorporation" of the Bill of Rights
The Checkered History of Judicial Defense of Rights and Liberties
Legislative Protections for Rights and Liberties
Continuing Controversy: Why So Many Questions?
The First Amendment and Freedom of Expression
What is "freedom of speech"?
How has the Court justified limits on the expression of ideas?
Shouldn't we ban dangerous ideas?
May the government punish those who engage in "hate speech"?
Why must society tolerate obscenity?
Why does the government permit sexually explicit material to invade our homes over the Internet?
Why not require that people in public debate tell the truth?
How is burning the American flag a form of free speech?
Why should a democratic society tolerate the expression of views that are offensive to the majority?
Freedom of Religion
Why can't government help advance the religious values that the majority of Americans share?
Are there limits on a person's right to practice his or her religion?
Doesn't banning "voluntary prayer" in public schools interfere with children's freedom of religion?
If secular groups are allowed access to the schools, shouldn't religious groups have the same rights?
Doesn't teaching evolution in the schools amount to the establishment of secular religion?
Is the separation of Church and state breaking down?
Equality Under the Constitution
How does the Constitution make us equal?
If the Constitution commands "equal protection of the laws," why was racial segregation permitted for so long?
Why did the courts order "forced busing"?
Isn't "affirmative action" just another form of racial or sexual discrimination?
Do we still need a new Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to secure gender equality?
How do you know if you are a victim of unconstitutional discrimination?
Privacy and Individual Autonomy
How much privacy do we have a right to expect?
How did the "right to privacy" lead to a woman's right to have an abortion?
Does a fetus's "right to life" ever count more than a woman's right to privacy?
When may the state regulate private sexual relationships between consenting adults?
Why doesn't the "right to privacy" include the right to decide to end our lives?
Contemporary Issue of Equality and Freedom
What use are rights and liberties if you lack the resources to take advantage of them?
What use is freedom of speech if no one can hear you?
Is it possible for the wealthy few to dominate public debate and stifle the "free marketplace of ideas"?
Does the Constitution protect us from private institutions which interfere with our liberties and rights?
Conclusion: What Is the Future of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in America?
The Constitution of the United States

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