Social Studies - 2018-19

GOVT.11e - Civil Liberties and Rights Protections Under the Law

The student will apply social science skills to understand civil liberties and civil rights by 

e) examining how civil liberties and civil rights are protected under the law. 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Some civil liberties and civil rights are protected by law.

ESSENTIALS

The equal protection clause is contained in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. 

The promise of equal protection under the law does not guarantee all people will be treated exactly the same. 

The government may classify or categorize people into groups for justifiable government goals (e.g., adults under 21 may not purchase alcohol). 

Examples of how civil liberties and civil rights are protected under the law: 

 Civil Rights Act of 1964 

 Voting Rights Act of 1965 

 Americans with Disabilities Act 

 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 17, 2017