One of the main purposes of the United States Constitution is to protect individual rights and liberties.
One primary way that this is expressed is through the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments of the Constitution written by James Madison that set limits on the power of the government so as not to infringe on the rights of citizens.
We defined civil liberties earlier as the protection from the abuse of government power. These are important because they protect citizens from the government. This was an important idea for the founders because they remembered King George III’s abuse of power.
They wanted to make sure that all of the citizen’s liberties, opinions, and property was protected no matter what.
Even in today’s time, centuries after the creation of the Bill of Rights, it still holds a large amount of power.
In fact, it is used frequently in order to uphold the civil liberties in the courts. We will explain later in this study guide about the specific course cases that had to do with the Bill of Rights.
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🏛 Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy
1.5Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
1.7Relationship Between States and the Federal Government
1.8Constitutional Interpretations of Federalism
⚖️ Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Interactions Among Branches of Government
2.2Structures, Powers, and Functions of Congress
2.4Roles and Power of the President
2.8The Judicial Branch
2.11Checks on the Judicial Branch
✊ Unit 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
3.2First Amendment: Freedom of Religion
3.6Amendments: Balancing Individual Freedom with Public Order and Safety
3.7Selective Incorporation & the 14th Amendment
3.8Amendments: Due Process and the Rights of the Accused
3.11Government Responses to Social Movements
🐘 Unit 4: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs
🗳 Unit 5: Political Participation
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
✍️ Free Response Questions (FRQ)
AP Gov FRQ: Argument Essay Review (2020)
FRQ: SCOTUS Application
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