Personal Liberty

Lawrence v. Texas (2003)

Case background and primary source documents concerning the Supreme Court case of Lawrence v. Texas. Dealing with a citizen’s constitutional right to privacy in regards to sex, this lesson asks students to analyze how the Court’s definition of privacy evolved from 1965 to 2003.

Founding Principles

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Freedom of Speech

The freedom to express one's opinions without interference from the the government is critical to the maintenance of liberty within a free society.

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Inalienable / Natural Rights

Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.

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Liberty

Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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Limited Government

Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.

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