Forest Trail Academy Civil Rights and Justice for All Liberty Conflicts Discussion

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H1 is for part 1 and h2 is for part 2

Part 1 - Liberty Journal

"One of the biggest and enduring challenges of the Supreme Court is to decide how to handle it when one individual's exercise of liberty conflicts with the goals or rights of others in society" (Scott).

In the assignment "Liberty Journal" you are going to be looking at "civil liberties" and "civil rights". You are going to be testing your knowledge and understanding of the phrase "...with liberty and justice for all." In order to complete the assignment, you will need to use Handout#1: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Please follow the directions on the assignment page "Liberty Journal".

...with liberty and justice for all

Step 1:

Spend 5 minutes and write 2 paragraphs (5-7 sentences each) about what this phrase means to you.

Step 2:

Then answer the following questions in 2-3 sentences each.

  • Where do you think these liberties and freedoms come from?
  • How do you define liberty or civil liberty?
  • Can you list specific civil liberties people have in the United States?
  • What is the difference between "civil liberties" and "civil rights"?

Step 3:

Read Handout #1: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. After you have read the information, go back to your document and answer in a few more sentences how your definitions and responses compare to the information in the handout.

Part 2 - Video Response - Why We Fight

World War II was a pivotal time in our nation's history and for this assignment you will be watching a short video that compares that global fight for democracy with the struggle for rights here on the homefront. You will be using Handout #2: Viewer's Guide for A Nation of Liberties: Democracy and World War II. Please follow the directions on the assignment page "Video Response - Why We Fight".

Use Handout #2: Viewer's Guide for A Nation of Liberties: Democracy and World War II to complete this assignment. First complete questions A and B. After you have answered those, watch Video #1: Why We Fight. As you watch the video, please answer the remaining questions.

Video #1:

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CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS CIVIL LIBERTIES and CIVIL RIGHTS are the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, and interpreted through laws passed by elected officials and decisions made by the Supreme Court. There are three important ideas to keep in mind about the liberties and rights contained in the Constitution: 1. Constitutional rights are not and cannot always be absolute. There are limits to them. For example, a person cannot publish lies that destroy another person's reputation and claim that the right to free speech protects him or her from a lawsuit. 2. The Constitution protects people from actions of the government, not from actions taken by private individuals or groups. For example, while a police officer (as an agent of the government) cannot search your bedroom for drugs without a warrant, your mother can. 3. Many states and local governments have laws to protect civil liberties. These laws can be more protective of liberties and rights than the U.S. Constitution, but they may not be less protective. This idea is known as the "constitutional floor" because it represents the lowest possible protection. States and municipalities can go higher than the floor, but not lower. For example, while the federal law and the U.S. Supreme Court have not specified that people who are homosexual are protected from housing and employment discrimination, many city governments have passed laws protecting them. VIEWER'S GUIDE FOR "A NATION OF LIBERTIES" -- DEMOCRACY AND WORLD WAR II Directions: Before you view the first video segment, answer questions A and B. A) What had the Nazis, Japanese, and other Axis nations done that justified fighting a world war? B) What ideas or principles were Americans and the other Allies fighting for? You will answer questions C through E after you watch the video. You should read the following questions before your teacher shows the video so you will know what to watch for. Directions: As you view the video clip, think about the following questions: C) How did World War II change America? D) According to Joan Biskupic, what major tensions existed in this time and in the time period that followed the war? E.) What do you think Ms. Biskupic meant when she referred to the Supreme Court and said, "They don't move in a straight line. They move in fits and starts. They have to backtrack"?
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Here you go, should do the job for you =) We'll discuss the other work tomorrow if that's OK, I have to run out now and probably won't get in till late. Thanks

Civil Liberties

Part 1 - Liberty Journal
...with liberty and justice for all
Step 1:
Liberty and Justice for all, one of the cornerstones of our democracy and a concept that, while
not always adhered to, should be. This phrase conjures thoughts of basic human rights as well as
fair and level due process. The liberties that we all should enjoy under the rule of law in the U.S.
include: the freedom of speech whereby, all can speak without the fear of reprisal or
consequence (barring slander and other falsehoods), freedom of expression and sexual
orientation, freedom from discrimination or abuse, religion shall be a personal choice and
whatsoever God or deity one may choose to worship shall be their own business, a person’s
choice of occupation should be wide open as long as duly qualified, family and children should
be beyond the realm of governmental intervention or restrictions, association with whom and

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