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This assignment is designed to help you analyze civil liberties found in the U.S. Bill of Rights (i.e., the first ten amendments) and the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in upholding them through landmark cases. A landmark case is one where the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling has historical significance because it defines what the amendment means/how it is applied.
From the list below pick one topic as the primary subject of your assignment: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, or Incorporating the Fourteenth Amendment.
Within your selected topic, choose *three* of the landmark cases/rulings listed.
Analyze how the three cases apply to the topic.
Topic: First Amendment – Freedom of Speech and Free Expression
Iancu v. Brunetti (2019)
Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018)
Matal v. Tam (2017)
Elonis v. United States (2015)
Reed v. Town of Gilbert (2015)
United States v. Alvarez (2012)
Virginia v. Black (2003)
Texas v. Johnson (1989)
Brandenburg v. Ohio (1968)
Topic: First Amendment – Freedom of Religion
American Legion v. American Humanist Association (2019)
Holt v. Hobbs (2015)
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (2014)
Engel v. Vitale (1962)
Everson v. Board of Education (1947)
West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940)
Topic: Fourteenth Amendment – Incorporating the U.S. Bill of Rights
Gitlow v. New York (1925)
DeJonge v. Oregon (1937)
McDonald v. Chicago (2010)
Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
Benton v. Maryland (1969)
Malloy v. Hogan (1964)
Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
Timbs v. Indiana (2019)
Choose Submission Format – select one
Create a 10- to 12-slide presentation (Microsoft® PowerPoint® or a program of your choice) with speaker notes in a separate word document. Do not put your speaker’s notes into the notes section of PowerPoint; Blackboard’s inline grading feature cannot read them and therefore I cannot see them.
Write an 875-word paper.
Introduction – what topic is your presentation or paper about? What topic and three cases will you analyze?
Summarize the details of the cases chosen. What happened? Who sued and why? How did the cases reach the U.S. Supreme Court?
Explain how either the First Amendment or the Fourteenth Amendment applied to the facts of the cases.
Evaluate how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in each case and why. What is it about each case that makes it a landmark ruling/how did the case incorporate one of the U.S. Bill of Rights? Discuss whether or not you think the Court’s interpretation of the specific amendment from the U.S. Bill of Rights was correct in the rulings, and why.
Discuss how the three cases relate to the topic, do they work together to limit a right or protect a right? What is your opinion about the rulings?
Conclusion – summarize the main points of your presentation or paper.
Reference list – list the sources you used in your presentation or paper.
Incorporate vocabulary terms from this week’s materials into your response, and use the resources provided in the Learning Activities folder and in your instructor’s discussion posts.
Include in-text citations and a reference list with a minimum of three sources in APA 7 format to support your assignment. Do not use Wikipedia, Quora, Yahoo Questions or other crowdsourced websites as references. You may use the formatted references provided for the materials in the Learning Activities folder and in your instructor’s discussion posts.
Do not rely on direct quotes/copying passages wholesale from your sources; no more than 15% of your assignment can be direct quotes – this means put concepts/ideas into your own words to show that you understand them.
Use speaker’s notes and submit them as a separate word document submitted at the same time as the PowerPoint file.
Format your assignment according to APA 7 guidelines.