Unit 4 – Civil Liberties and Civil RightsVocabulary1.civil rights - Policies designed to protect people against arbitrary or discriminatory treatment by government officials or individuals2.14thAmendment - The constitutional amendment adopted after the Civil War that states, "no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."3.equal protection of the laws- Part of the 14th Amendment emphasizing that the laws must provide equivalent "protection" to all people.4.13thAmendment- The constitutional amendment ratified after the Civil War that forbade slavery and involuntary servitude5.Civil Rights Act of 1964 - The law that made racial discrimination against any group in hotels, motels, and restaurants illegal and forbade many forms of job discrimination6.suffrage- The legal right to vote, extended to African Americans by the Fifteenth Amendment, to women by theNineteenth Amendment, and to people over the age of 18 by the Twenty-sixth Amendment.7.15thAmendment- The constitutional amendment adopted in 1870 to extend suffrageto African Americans.8.poll taxes- Small taxes levied on the right to vote that often fell due at a time of year when poor African-American sharecroppers had the least cash on hand. This method was used by most Southern states to exclude African Americans from voting. Poll taxes were declared void by the Twenty-fourth Amendmentin 1964.9.24thAmendment - The constitutional amendment passed in 1964 that declared poll taxesvoid in federal elections.10.white primary- One of the means used to discourage African-American voting that permitted political parties in the heavily Democratic South to exclude African Americans from primary elections, thus depriving them of a voice in the real contests. The Supreme Court declared White primaries unconstitutional in 1944.11.Voting Rights Act of 1965 - A law designed to help end formal and informal barriers to African American suffrage. Under the law, hundreds of thousands of African Americans were registered and the number of African American elected officials increased dramatically.12.19thAmendment - The constitutional amendment adopted in 1920 that guarantees women the right to vote. 13.Equal Rights Amendment - A constitutional amendment originally introduced in Congress in 1923 and passed by Congress in 1972, stating that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." Despite public support, the amendment failed to acquire the necessary support from three-fourths of the state legislatures.