Rights, Liberties & the Rule of Law is a casebook reader outlining the landmark Supreme Court cases that concern our rights and liberties as Americans. It includes discussions and excerpts from the relevant cases in the areas of first amendment rights, due process, the rights of the accused, equal opportunity and equal protections before the law, and voting rights. It also includes the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights along with a basic outline of our type of government system: the rule of law, the social contract, consent of the governed, limited government, and constitutional democracy. Students will be able to read the relevant opinions from the justices in the original. Each section is followed by questions for review and discussion.
Maryann Zihala is a political scientist and juris doctor who teaches and writes. She is the author of Democracy: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number (University Press of America, 2003), Edith Wharton's Old New York Society (University Press of America, 2002), and Lieutenant Joey Tucker (JoNa Books, 2004).
Chapter 1 Part One: The Rule of Law: U.S. Constitution; Bill of Rights; Finding the Law Chapter 2 Part Two: First Amendment- Natural Rights: Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971); Schenck v. U.S. (1919); Gitlow v. New York (1925); Miller v. California (1973); Texas v. Johnson (1989) Chapter 3 Part Three: Equal Protection Under the Law: Brown v. Board of Education (1954); Bakke v. University of California (1978); Rostker v. Goldberg (1981); Reed v. Reed (1971); Boy Scouts v. Dale (2000) Chapter 4 Part Four: Due Process- Rights of the Accused: Mapp v. Ohio (1961); Robinson v. California (1962); Gideon v. Wainwright (1963); Pointer v. Texas (1965); Miranda v. Arizona (1966); Benton v. Maryland (1969); Furman v. Georgia (1972) Chapter 5 Part Five: Suffrage-Voting Rights: Minor v. Happersett (1987); Smith v. Allwright (1944); Guinn v. U.S. (1915); Harper v. Virginia Board of Education (1966); Voting Rights Act (1965)