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Unformatted text preview: Civil Rights • Power and liberties protected by the government protected from arbitrary denial of rights. • “Positive Rights” o Examples Immutable traits Health Gender etc.. • Concepts of Equality o Equal Opportunity o Equality of Outcome Greater uniformity in social, economic, and political power Redistribution of wealth/status • Origins o Constitution o Court cases • Equal Protection/Discrimination • Voting Rights – (extensions) o African-Americans o Women o 18-year olds 26 th Amendment o Dual Citizenship Clause (*) Mississippi and South Carolina • Worst treatment towards blacks • Said just because they were citizens of the US didn’t mean they were citizens of the state Congress passes this law to attempt to correct this ^ ^ • All persons born in the US are citizens of both the US and the state where they reside • 14 th Amendment Equal Protection (*) o Includes dual citizenship and equal protection clause No state shall make any law to deprive any person of life liberty or property without due process Federal government protects you from certain things so courts can protect you from states attempting to take away your rights Equal protection under the law o Interpretations of 14 th Amendment Slaughterhouse Cases (1873) (*) • Butchering monopoly •...
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This note was uploaded on 07/05/2008 for the course GOVT 2301 taught by Professor Combs during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.
- Fall '07