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Honors American Government: Civil Rights

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Honors American Government: Civil Rights PSCI 1041

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Honors American Government
Dr. Bethany Blackstone
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Date Created: 10/07/16
Civil Rights Protects Individuals from discrimination by government and other people. Derived from equal  th protection clause of 14  amendment. Civil Rights is all about when government CANNOT treat people differently. Procedural equality­everyone has the same opportunity Substantive equality­everyone has the same outcome Discriminate­to treat different people/things differently. The constitution only prohibits “invidious” discrimination, meaning discrimination with no rational  reasoning. 3 types of Supreme Court review Strict: for race, ethnicity, religion, national origin (best for individuals) Intermediate/Heightened: for sex Rational Basis/Minimum Rationality: all other categories (best for government) Intermediate test created in 1970s Civil Rights for Blacks 1. 1788­Constitution ratified, not much equality for blacks 1807­Importation of slaves prohibited 1820­Missouri Compromise: Northern states can't have slaves 1850­Fugitive Slave Act: government must help capture fugitive slaves 1860­Lincoln elected 2. Civil War happens (not Marvel movith. Ather that,th Reconstruction (1865­1877): 14  , 15  , and 16  amendments passed. 3. Jim Crow Era (1877­1960s): New Laws to obstruct civil rights Poll taxes, literacy tests, Grandfather clauses, White primaries, Jim Crow Laws (segregation) The Civil Rights Cases (1883)  Invalidated Civil Rights Act of 1865  Federal government couldn't tell private people not to segregate Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)  Upheld Jim Crow Laws, “separate but equal” 4. Early/Mid 20  century Blacks big part of New Deal, Integration of military (1948), Changing of Supreme Court  makeup Brown v. Board of Education  Challenged segregation in schools  Overturned “separate but equal”  Compliance was a big problem. Local school boards had to implement it.  They didn't.  Supreme court wanted it done with “All deliberate speed”  Southern interpretation: “As slow as you can”  Finally happened when Government threatened to take away funds (1965) 5. Civil Rights Movement Civil Rights Act of 1964  Outlawed discrimination in voting  Upheld by Heart of Atlanta Hotel v. U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965  Prohibits racial discrimination in voting th  Congress says article 2 of 15  amendment gives them power to enforce it  Upheld by South Carolina v. Katzenbach (1965) Sex and Equality 1. Time­line 1860s­Sufferage Movement Started 1870s­1920 th  15  amendment did not apply to women  Supreme Court ruled citizenship did not equal voting  Women still made progress in some states th 19  amendment­extends vote to women 2. Other forms of discrimination  Equal pay  Equal Rights Amendment (not ratified)  Laws based on protectionist view of women  Older Supreme Court cases defined sexual harassment very narrowly


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