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Constitutional Rights- Court Cases and Amendments Pertaining to Constitutional Rights

The issue of what is right and what it wrong has been a problem since the dawn of man. Many have tried to solve it, by laying down laws and rules, to try to tell people what is right. The issue about it is that what is right and what is wrong isn't always obvious. The U.S Constitution's first Amendment gives us the freedom of believing what we want to believe and being able to express that belief. But, does that give people the right to discriminate?

This same problem faced our founding fathers as they created the new nation (America) and drafted the Constitution. How do you make laws that will cover everything, being fair to everybody? They realized that you can't, so they came up with a remarkable idea.....

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried."
**Sir Winston Churchill**
British politician (1874 - 1965)

Change. Change is the idea they came up with. They said that no law was set in stone, that they could be changed and reformed by a system called the Judicial System (or Courts). This was groundbreaking, never before had the citizens had the right to change their own laws, usually this was only done by Rulers or high officials.

The problem with changing laws is that sometimes the changes to the laws are bad. Sometimes they discriminate against one sect of people. Sometimes they are unfair. With democracy though, if enough people disagree with something they can get it changed. The whole Civil Rights movement in America was about this. Changing the law and the Constitution so that is equal for all.

There are many amendments and Court Cases, that have been important for Civil Rights in American history. Some were steps forward, and some were steps back. That is how democracy works. As Winston Churchill said, Democracy is not a perfect government, it has it's flaws and setbacks, but the great thing about it is that it can fix them and move on. This is a story about how the people of America changed the United States for the better using the remarkable idea our founding Fathers came up with: Change. This page will tell the story of many Court Cases, riddled with drama and controversy, and how they effected America and it's people. It will also tell how our Constitution and it's Amendments (another example of change), those little pieces of paper, made America the place it is today.

Important Court Cases

Important People



Question: Has America achieved Civil Rights for all? Why or why not?

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