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Civil Liberties What are they? Where are they found? PowerPoint Presentation
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Civil Liberties What are they? Where are they found?

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Civil Liberties What are they? Where are they found?

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  1. Civil • Liberties • What are they? • Where are they found?

  2. Civil Liberties • Are protections given to individuals against action of the government. • Usually the protections are written in a Constitution.

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

  4. Civil Liberties • They include freedoms of: • religion • speech & press • assembly

  5. Civil Liberties • They also include protections: • against arbitrary searches • unfair trials • cruel punishments

  6. Civil Liberties • Interpreting what these rights mean is not easy. • The job of doing that in the U.S. falls to the Supreme Court.

  7. Civil Liberties • 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.

  8. Civil Liberties • 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.