Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in America

ebook Contemporary World Issues

By Michael C. LeMay

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This book covers civil rights and civil liberties politics in the United States from the ratification of the Bill of Rights to current-day controversies, such as the travel ban and proposals to end birth-right citizenship.

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: A Reference Handbook provides a thorough overview of civil rights in U.S. history, detailing all the relevant amendments to the Constitution and reviewing key Supreme Court decisions and landmark cases on the topic. Aimed at general readers as well as high school, college, and university students, it focuses on the role of federal courts in civil rights and civil liberties politics. It also profiles the primary actors in civil rights and civil liberties, both organizations and people.

The volume comprises seven chapters. Chapter 1 presents the history and background of the topic, and Chapter 2 discusses problems, controversies, and solutions. Chapter 3 consists of essays by contributors that round out the coauthors' expertise. Chapter 4 profiles important organizations and people, while Chapter 5 offers relevant data and documents. Chapter 6 is composed of an annotated list of important resources. Finally, Chapter 7 offers a useful chronology citing and describing the major events related to the topic from the nation's founding until 2019.

  • Enables a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of politics with respect to civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Provides a comprehensive annotated list of resources for further reading and research.
  • Lists and describes the landmark Supreme Court decisions that define civil rights and liberties in the United States.
  • Clarifies and makes accessible the historical struggle to assure and expand the basic rights and liberties of citizens.
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