Civil Liberties In America

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Written for a general audience, this work clearly defines civil liberties and explains their legal basis in the Bill of Rights, state constitutions, legal statutes, and administrative regulations. It reviews the subject's history from 1917 to the present, and covers the full range of civil liberties issues: the First Amendment, due process, equal protection, and privacy.

In addition to extensive material on past controversies such as the Scopes trial and the internment of ...

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Overview

Written for a general audience, this work clearly defines civil liberties and explains their legal basis in the Bill of Rights, state constitutions, legal statutes, and administrative regulations. It reviews the subject's history from 1917 to the present, and covers the full range of civil liberties issues: the First Amendment, due process, equal protection, and privacy.

In addition to extensive material on past controversies such as the Scopes trial and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the book discusses important contemporary issues such as censorship on the Internet and drug testing. The coverage also examines conflicting civil liberties issues such as hate speech, which pits one person's freedom of expression against another's right to equal protection. The book contains extensive bibliographic references to books and articles and a long list of website links to organizations active on all sides of today's civil liberties controversies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079270
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Issues and controversies 27
3 Chronology 97
4 Key people and concepts 125
5 Documents 147
6 Organizations 205
7 Print and nonprint resources 231
Table of cases 295
Index 299
About the author 323
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