Chapter 17 - Civil Rights

Chapter 17 - Civil Rights - Civil Rights Origins of Civil...

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Civil Rights
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Origins of Civil Rights Fourteenth Amendment: “ No state shall. .. deny to any person with its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws .” Civil rights specific rights that embody the general right to equal treatment under the law equal protection clause
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Origins of Civil Rights Legal and cultural meaning of equal protection clause has changed over the years. Minority groups with grievances have mobilized in electoral politics and other venues. Minorities are seldom able to control the outcome of elections directly. Minority status keeps them from winning in SMSP elections often kept from voting resort to legal strategy
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Civil Rights Struggles: The Legal Strategy Because of circumstances, many civil rights battles take place in the courts rather than in legislatures or at the ballot box. “With prestige to persuade, but not physical power to enforce, and with a will for self- preservation, the Court generally follows, it does not lead, changes taking place elsewhere in society.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Conflict Over Civil Rights After the Civil War Southern states responded to Civil War outcome by passing: Black codes—restrictive laws that applied to newly-freed slaves, but not to whites Congress responded by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1866. gave citizens “of every race and color…the same right…to full and equal benefit of all laws” imposed on southern states during Reconstruction Reconstruction: period after Civil War when southern states were subject to a federal military presence
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Conflict Over Civil Rights After the Civil War Many southern whites resented Reconstruction policies and resisted with violence.
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