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U.S. Government And Politics, 2nd Edition by Franco Scardino

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CHAPTER16

Civil Liberties

In This Chapter

  • What are civil liberties?
  • First Amendment rights
  • Due process of law
  • The rights of the accused

Civil liberties can generally be defined as individual freedoms that are protected from the government. These are outlined in the Bill of Rights and include freedom of religion; freedom of assembly; freedom of speech; freedom of association; the right to a fair trial, to privacy, to due process, and to own property.

Essentially, civil liberties limit the government’s power and prevent the government from intervening in the lives of its citizens. Civil liberties are distinct from civil rights, which are inherent freedoms upheld, not granted, by the government.

The Inalienable Rights

The notion of the rights ...

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