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Unformatted text preview: GVPT170 Notes 19:02 Civil Rights • Government is to promote equal treatment o Protect individuals against arbitrary or discriminatory treatment by Other individuals Organizations Government itself • Rights evolve • **Theme: long road to the protection of civil rights Long Road to Protection of Civil Rights • Civil War legacy • 13 th-15 th amendments • More recent issues o Human rights, segregation o Voting rights o Affirmative action Citizenship and Property • Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) o Scott said he was free because he crossed over into a state where there were no slaves o Supreme court said Scott is not citizen of the US and they said he’s property and had to be returned to his owner • Civil War Amendments o Prohibit slavery (13 th ) o Congress receives power to protect rights against violations by state governments (14 th ) o Provide for equal voting rights (15 th ) Early Legal Battles • Civil Rights Act of 1875 (law) o...
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2011 for the course GVPT 0108 taught by Professor Loisvietri during the Spring '09 term at Maryland.
- Spring '09