Contributor: Sarah Lerdal. Lesson ID: 11030
War threatens each part of life, including civil liberties, rights granted to citizens by the Constitution. Is it right and fair for government to limit rights for the sake of safety? Read and decide!
Civil liberties are certain rights protected by law, usually guaranteeing safeguard against a governing body.
During wars prior to and since WWI, laws have been passed that curb Americans' civil liberties. While the government has not shied away from restricting individual rights during wartime, many Americans question if some of these laws are unconstitutional.
Shortly after the United States entered WWI, Congress passed the Espionage Act.
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Political cartoons were also often used to express favor for, or concerns regarding, a current action.
If laws appear to be unfair, what, if anything, can a regular citizen do?
One choice is to challenge the law and hope the courts rule in your favor. Think of a current law that you feel is unfair or that should be altered. Think about how you would present your appeal to the courts.
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