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Civil Liberties What are they? Where are they found?. Civil Liberties. Are protections given to individuals against action of the government. Usually the protections are written in a Constitution. Civil Liberties.

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  • Civil

  • Liberties

  • What are they?

  • Where are they found?


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Civil Liberties

  • Are protections given to individuals against action of the government.

  • Usually the protections are written in a Constitution.


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Civil Liberties

  • American civil liberties are set down in the Bill of Rights, as the first ten amendments are known.


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  • They include freedoms of:

    • religion

    • speech & press

    • assembly


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  • They also include protections:

    • against arbitrary searches

    • unfair trials

    • cruel punishments


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  • Interpreting what these rights mean is not easy.

  • The job of doing that in the U.S. falls to the Supreme Court.


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  • For example, the court has decided that one’s right to free speech does not include the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater.


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  • In the end, interpreting the meaning of American civil liberties is a complicated balancing act between the needs of society and that of the individual.


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