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Civil Liberties

Civil liberties are the “basic rights and freedoms guaranteed to individuals as protection from any arbitrary actions or other interference of the government without due process of law.” Simply put, they’re the basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution—especially, in the Bill of Rights.

Big Questions

What constitutional protections does the individual have against the United States Government?

What is the role of the Constitution in protecting classes of people from discrimination?

How has our understanding of these liberties and rights developed and changed?

Video: Scholar Exchange: Civil Liberties Overview - High School and College Level
Video: Scholar Exchange: Civil Liberties Overview - Middle School Level
Video: Scholar Exchange: Civil Liberties Overview with Bruce Murphy
Video: The Bill of Rights with Justice Neil Gorsuch

Classroom Materials

Scholar Exchange Briefing Document

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Scholar Exchange Slides

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Explore Civil Liberties Questions

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Scholar Exchanges

Part lecture and part lively conversation, these online classes allow students, teachers, and parents can join in discussions with scholars on core Constitutional topics.

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