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Civil Liberties in America: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)by Samuel Walker
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Written for a general audience, this work clearly defines civil liberties and explains their legal basis in the Bill of Rights, state constitutions, legal statutes, and administrative regulations. It reviews the subject's history from 1917 to the present, and covers the full range of civil liberties issues: the First Amendment, due process, equal protection, and privacy.
In addition to extensive material on past controversies such as the ScopeS≪/i> trial and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the book discusses important contemporary issues such as censorship on the Internet and drug testing. The coverage also examines conflicting civil liberties issues such as hate speech, which pits one person's freedom of expression against another's right to equal protection. The book contains extensive bibliographic references to books and articles and a long list of website links to organizations active on all sides of today's civil liberties controversies.
• Covers the four principal areas of civil liberties: First Amendment issues (freedom of speech; church and state, etc.); due process of law; equal protection; and privacy
• Provides valuable historical perspectives on controversies surrounding personal freedoms
• Includes useful guidance for accessing websites and tracking down books on civil liberties issues
Problems and crises. Analyses and answers. Contemporary World Issues explores--topic by topic--the critical challenges facing America and the world in the 21st century. 24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources? Contemporary World Issues provides a simple solution — informed and readable authors offering concise yet thorough discussions of today's most talked-about topics as they affect America and the world. Exploring such diverse subjects as tobacco and terrorism, rainforests and religion, affirmative action and urban sprawl, Contemporary World Issues provides the historical background, the contemporary context, and the resources for further research. Exhaustive, concise, accessible, accurate, and up-to-date.
20 photos, a list of further resources (print and electronic), and a Chronology
Â·A — Z listing of key people, cases, and events, with a brief summary including biographical information, date and nature of the controversy, a discussion of the historical context and significance of the person or event, and references for further reading
Â·Primary source documents include ACLU papers, video resources from PBS on the internment of Japanese Americans, and selected scholarly articles related to civil liberties
A concise, authoritative guide to civil liberties issues in American society, from freedom of speech and religious liberty to due process, equal protection, and privacy.
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