Civil Liberties in America: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - Law - 323 pages
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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 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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1 Introduction
2 Issues and Controversies
3 Chronology
4 Key People and Concepts
5 Documents
6 Organizations
7 Print and Nonprint Resources
Table of Cases
About the Author

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Page 7 - The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts.
Page 2 - If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.

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Samuel Walker is professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE.

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