Civil Rights & Liberties in the 21st Century: 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Civil Rights & Liberties in the 21st Century

3rd Edition

By John C Domino


408 pages

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This up-to-date analysis of the Supreme Court's landmark rulings on civil rights and liberties is a discussion of the facts, legal issues, and constitutional questions surrounding those rulings. Domino's text serves as either a core text in courses on civil liberties and civil rights, or as a supplementary text in courses on constitutional law and the judiciary. The book is written in the belief that the key to understanding constitutional law is not having the right answers but asking the right questions. It encourages students to be critical thinkers and provides a historical context so students can better understand competing social, legal, and political interests affecting the Supreme Court's decisions today. The text also includes numerous short excerpts from some of the more influential, eloquent, and controversial Supreme Court opinions to illustrate the handiwork of the powerful legal minds who have helped to shape our society. It reminds us that "the Court" is not an abstract legal mechanism, but rather a group of human beings with divergent opinions.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction: Rights and Liberties and the Supreme Court 2. Freedom of Expression 3. Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion 4. Due Process Rights and Criminal Justice 5. Privacy: "The Right to be Let Alone" or "The Right to Choose"? 6. Equal Protection of the Laws 7. Trends on the Supreme Court Selected Further Readings Index of Cases.

About the Author

John C. Domino is Professor of Political Science, Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA. He teaches and conduct research in the areas of judicial systems, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, American political thought, court administration, American government, and public policy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory