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The Bill of Rights. Civil Liberties. Freedoms to think and act without government interference or fear of unfair legal treatment. The 1 st Amendment Protects…. Freedom of religion Freedom of speech Freedom of the press Freedom of assembly Freedom to petition the government.

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The bill of rights

The Bill of Rights

Civil liberties

Civil Liberties

  • Freedoms to think and act without government interference or fear of unfair legal treatment

The 1 st amendment protects

The 1st Amendment Protects…

  • Freedom of religion

  • Freedom of speech

  • Freedom of the press

  • Freedom of assembly

  • Freedom to petition the government

Freedom of religion

Freedom of Religion

  • Protects the freedom of Americans to practice their faith as they wish

  • Congress may not declare an official religion

  • Government may not favor one religion over another

Freedom of speech

Freedom of Speech

  • Protects the freedom of Americans to say what is on their minds, in public or private, without fear of punishment by the government

  • Includes the internet, TV and radio

Freedom of the press

Freedom of the Press

  • Protects the freedom of Americans to be exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints. It also ensures that the government cannot practice censorship



  • The banning of printed materials or films due to alarming or offensive ideas

Freedom to assemble

Freedom to Assemble

  • Protects the freedom of Americans to gather in groups for any reason as long as the assemblies are peaceful

  • Includes political parties and labor unions

Freedom to petition

Freedom to Petition

  • Protects the freedom of Americans to petition the government

  • Includes expressing complaints about community problems or suggestions for improvement



  • A formal request



  • spoken untruths that are harmful to someone’s reputation



  • written untruths that are harmful to someone’s reputation

4 th amendment

4th Amendment

  • protects Americans “against unreasonable searches and seizures”

  • Requires any government agent wanting to search your property would need a search warrant

Search warrant

Search Warrant

  • A court order allowing law enforcement officers to search a suspect’s home or business and take specific items as evidence

  • Issued by a judge

5 th amendment

5th Amendment

  • Protects the rights of people accused

    • Protects people from being put on trial for a serious federal crime without an indictment

    • Protects people from double jeopardy

    • Protects people from having to testify against themselves (the right to remain silent)

    • Guarantees people due process

    • Limits the government’s power of eminent domain



  • a formal charge by a group of citizens called agrand jury

  • is needed before a citizen can be put on trial for a serious federal crime

Grand jury

Grand Jury

  • a group of citizens that review evidence against the accused

Double jeopardy

Double Jeopardy

  • Putting someone on trial for a crime of which he or she was previously acquitted

Due process

Due Process

  • Following established legal procedures

Eminent domain

Eminent Domain

  • The right of the government to take private property (usually land) for public use

6 th amendment

6th Amendment

  • Requires that a person who has been accused of a crime be told the exact nature of the charges against them

  • The accused is entitled to have a lawyer

  • Guarantees a speedy trial

  • The accused must be given a trial by jury (unless they choose a trial by judge)

8 th amendment

8th Amendment

  • Gives the accused the choice to wait for their trial in jail, or to pay bail to remain free while they wait

  • Forbids excessive bail

  • Forbids “cruel and unusual punishment”

    • (Example: 20 years in prison for a parking ticket)

The bill of rights


  • A sum of money used as a security deposit to ensure that an accused person returns for his or her trial

2 nd amendment

2nd Amendment

  • states rights to keep a well regulated militia

  • individuals to keep and bear arms



  • Small, local army made up of volunteer soldiers

7 th amendment

7th Amendment

  • gives citizens the right to have a jury trial in civil cases over $20 if they choose, though it is not required

Civil case

Civil Case

  • A lawsuit that involves a disagreement between people rather than a crime.

9 th amendment

9th Amendment

  • Citizens have other rights beyond those listed in the Constitution

  • The right to privacy is not mentioned in the Constitution

10 th amendment

10th Amendment

  • any powers the Constitution does not directly give to the national government are reserved for the states and the people

  • The United States government can only have the powers the people give to it

Bill of rights

Bill of Rights

  • First 10 amendments of the Constitution

  • Only protected the rights of white men

13 th amendment 1865

13th Amendment (1865)

  • officially outlawed slavery in the United States

Black codes

Black Codes

  • Laws passed by Southern states to limit the rights of African Americans

14 th amendment 1868

14th Amendment (1868)

  • defined a United States citizen as anyone “born or naturalized in the United States.”

  • required each state to allow its citizens “equal protection of the laws.”

  • used in recent years to protect the rights of people with disabilities as well as other groups who are sometimes not treated fairly.

15 th amendment 1870

15th Amendment (1870)

  • states that no state may take away a person’s voting rights on the basis of race, color or previous enslavement.

  • Meant to guarantee suffrage to African Americans

  • Only protected men



  • The right to vote

19 th amendment 1920

19th Amendment (1920)

  • protected the right of women to vote in all national and state elections.

Washington d c

Washington D.C.

  • not a state, but an area between Virginia and Maryland where the Federal government operates

  • D.C. stands for the District of Columbia

Poll taxes

Poll Taxes

  • A sum of money required of voters before they are permitted to cast a ballot

  • Poll taxes are now illegal



  • unfair treatment based on prejudice against a certain group

Jim crow laws

Jim Crow Laws

  • required African Americans and whites to be separated in most public places, such as schools



  • system of social separation of the races

Civil rights

Civil Rights

  • the rights of full citizenship and equality under the law

National association for the advancement of colored people naacp

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

  • works through the courts to challenge laws and traditions that deny African Americans the rights given to them by the Constitution

Dr martin luther king jr

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Civil rights leader that organized boycotts, marches, and demonstrations to promote the civil rights movement

  • Believed in nonviolent resistance, or the peaceful protests of unfair laws

Freedom riders

Freedom Riders

  • White and African American’s who traveled on buses to protest segregation

Affirmative action

Affirmative Action

  • programs intended to make up for past discrimination by helping minority groups and women gain access to jobs and opportunities

  • Encouraged the hiring and promoting minorities and women

Racial profiling

Racial Profiling

  • singling out an individual as a suspect due to appearance of ethnicity

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