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Civil Rights Unit 3 notes PSCI 1040

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These cover the concepts and definitions for civil rights in class! Look through it! Civil rights will be on the exam! :)
American History
Wendy Watson
Class Notes
history, political science
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Olivia Brooksbank on Friday April 22, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSCI 1040 at University of North Texas taught by Wendy Watson in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 213 views. For similar materials see American History in History at University of North Texas.


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Date Created: 04/22/16
Civil Rights 4/21/16 Central ideas: 1. Civil rights requite equal protection of the law of regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin 2. AfricanAmericans and women paved the way for the expansion of civil rights 3. Constitutional amendments, judicial interpretation and congressional legislation have explained civil rights 4. Diverse groups have employed similar tactics to obtain civil rights protections Long Road to equal protection - There were problems in the system including inadequate and mishandled voter registration procedures, faulty election equipment, inaccessible polling locations and a flawed system for removing convicted felons and others from voter registration lists - Civil rights: Protection of citizens from discrimination by the government or private entities, derived from the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment Civil rights: Equal protection of the LAW regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin… - - The concept of equality was enshrined in the US constitution when the 14th amendment was ratified The equal protection clause prohibits UNREASONABLE discrimination - Affirmative action:Arange of policies aimed at promoting equality of outcome by providing expanded educational and employment opportunities for members of a previously disadvantaged group AfricanAmericans and women paved the way for expansion of civil rights - Abolitionists: Those committed to bringing an end to those who practice slavery - Missouri Compromise of 1820:An act of congress whereby Missouri and Maine were added to the union, one slave and the other free to maintain the balance of political power between slave states and free states in the US senate. - Confederacy: The government established by the 11 southern states that succeeded from the US during the civil war. - In 1808: The slave population numbered 1 million - Significance of the Missouri Compromise: Granted freedom to any slave whose master established residence in a free territory - Maine had states that were not freed by the emancipation proclamation The ReconstructionAmendment and Jim Crow - 13thAmendment banned all forms of slavery and involuntary servitude - 14thAmendment granted the full rights of national and state citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the united states” and also guaranteed due process and equal protection under the law - 15thAmendment extended the right to vote to african americans - Reconstruction: The period (1865-1877) after the civil war during which the confederate states were rebuilt and integrated into the union - Radical republicans: Members of the republican party in which supported reconstruction polices and programs after the civil war - Freedmen: Former slaves who were freed during the civil war and enjoyed full citizenship rights, including voting and running for political office during the reconstruction of the south - Jim Crow Laws: Between 1877-1960’s that mandated segregation in all public places - Civil rights act of 1875: Legislation passed by congress to prohibit discrimination in public faculties and accommodations, it was ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court in the civil rights cases (1883) - Plessy v. Ferguson (1896): established “separate but equal” doctrine which provided legal justification for racial segregation in ensuing decades Civil Rights 4/21/16 The first feminists: Women fight to vote - Suffragists:Activists of the 19th and early 20th centuries who advocate the right to vote for women, they achieved their primary goal with the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920 - The american woman suffrage association differed from the National Women suffrage association because it TARGETED amendments to the state constitutions - Susan BAnthony drafted the 19th amendment to the constitution Amendments, judicial interpretation and congressional legislation have expanded civil rights - The most influential organization to form during this time was the NationalAssociation for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) founded in 1909 to combat violence againstAfrican Americans Desegregating public education - NAACP focused on segregation in graduate and professional education. - Advantages of NAACPfocus: 1. It targeted a relatively small population, the gang brought about by desegregation of graduate and professional schools would be felt by a small number of people and thus would be more acceptable to society 2. State universities would find it difficult to offer truly “SEPARATE BUT EQUAL” learning environments at this level therefore it would prevent them from establishing a parallel track for african american students - Protection Clause: Portion of the 14th amendment that requires the states to treat their citizens equally under the law.Also a basis for the incorporation doctrine which extends bill of rights protection to protect citizens from state and federal abridgments - Sweatt v. Painter (1950): Heman Sweatt sued the university of Texas law school after he was denied admission because of his race. Trial judge found the university didn't meet “separate but equal” - Doll Study: Black children preferred white dolls over the black ones because they thought that they looked bad Desegregating public transportation - The immediate effect of Rosa Park’s arrest was a yearlong bus boycott in Montgomery,Alabama - Martin Luther King directed his letter from Birmingham to white clergymen - The television coverage of Police brutality drew national attention to the issue of racial inequality Civil Rights Legislation - John F. Kennedy was involved in passing legislation - Bloody Sunday: Participants in a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery were attacked by police using tear gas and clubs, several marchers were hospitalized. Racism was a big problem Government Expands Women’s civil rights - President Kennedy tasked the Presidential Commission on the status of Women with investigating the treatment of women inAmerican Society - The Protective legislation was concerned with enacting policies that addressed women biological differences from men Judicial Standards of review in Civil rights cases - All citizens regardless of race should have access to equal facilities even id the faculties were segregated by race - Suspect Classification: Group that has been previously discriminated against, these people require the highest scrutiny in the supreme court - In order to satisfy the intermediate standard of review, the government must prove the policy in question is substantially related to a legitimate government objective Civil Rights 4/21/16 Civil Rights Part 2: Learning objectives: - To protect individuals from unequal treatment based on certain demographic characteristics, violations of civil rights are often the subject of political protests and are remedied by federal legislation and judicial decisions - Civil rights refer to the government action to ensure equal treatment, while civil liberties refer to the protection from improper action - the protection of civil rights is a process that varies over time - Ethical decision making is a vital part of ensuring that individuals and groups’civil rights are protected - Civil rights require the government to take action whereas civil liberties do not


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