Liberty and Security in Modern Times

Using primary source documents, writing assignments, discussion prompts and other activities, students will explore the difficult questions and natural tensions that go along with balancing liberty with security.  This curriculum focuses on the balance between liberty and security in the last 60 years.

Liberty and Security in Modern Times

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Civil Liberties and McCarthyism

In this lesson, students will use primary source documents to examine and analyze the anti-communist behaviors that characterized American public life following World War II.

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Due Process and Fair Trials

In this lesson, students will evaluate contradictory viewpoints concerning liberty and security. They will evaluate Supreme Court decisions regarding fair trail, due process, and the war on terror and evaluate whether the Constitution takes on different meanings during wartime.

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Security, Liberty, and the USA Patriot Act

In this lesson, students will evaluate contradictory viewpoints of liberty and security as it concerns the Patriot Act and evaluate the acts constitutionality. They will analyze the significance of the changes to criminal procedure the Patriot Act applied to all federal criminal prosecution and evaluate the significance of protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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