Civil Liberties

Civil Liberties - Civil Liberties Background and Bill of...

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Civil Liberties Background and Bill of Rights o Federalists thought the Bill of rights was seen as unnecessary because it was too powerful and gives the government the right to infringe on rights not listed o Anti-federalists believed differently o Bill of Rights Check majority rule Incorporation o To whom did the Bill of Rights apply? Federal or state? Went to the Supreme Court o Barron v. Baltimore (1833) o Fourteenth Amendment o Slaughterhouse cases (1873) o Selective incorporation Freedom of Speech o First Amendment What constitutes speech? o Schenk v. United States (1919) o Gitlow v. New York (1925) o Dennis v. United States (1951) Offensive speech and expression o Brandenburg v. Ohio o National Socialist Party v. Skoke (1977) o Texas v. Johnson ((1989) o The court is ruling against popular majority. Most US citizens are against flag-burning and Nazi marches Obscenity o Local officials policed this: libraries not having certain books, theatres not showing certain movies, mailmen not distributing certain flyers,
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