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Civil Liberties
Guide: Due Process of Law

These resources highlight the constitutional right to due process of law. Use these primary and secondary resources to enhance students' understanding of the place of due process in the American legal system and why it is such an important protection granted to individuals. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Theme Key Understandings

  • Civil liberties and civil rights are related but distinct and can be in conflict with each other
  • Government documents provide a framework for the protection of civil rights and liberties in a society
  • The judicial branch interprets and defines civil liberties and civil rights as they apply in practice
  • Civil liberties protect against government overreach
  • Civil rights assure equal protection under the law
  • The attainment of civil rights is an ongoing process, with different groups achieving parity at different times
  • The judicial branch is tasked with finding a balance between the protection of individual liberty and maintaining positive social order

Key Questions

  • What does it mean to be protected by due process of law?
  • Why do you think it is common for American citizens to underestimate the importance of this protection?


  1. Overview: Due Process of Law
  2. Visuals: Due Process of Law (Visual)
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Transcript: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Origins of Due Process
  7. Lesson: 2-Types of Due Process
  8. Lesson: 3-Due Process and the Supreme Court
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Glossary Terms: errors of due process
  11. Photos & Illustrations: Jury trial: verdict read in case against Internet drug dealer (2015)
  12. Reference Articles: American Legal System
  13. Reference Articles: constitutional rights of the accused
  14. Reference Articles: Due Process, Procedural
  15. Reference Articles: Due Process, Substantive
  16. Reference Articles: Fifth Amendment
  17. Reference Articles: Fourteenth Amendment
  18. Reference Articles: Sixth Amendment
  19. Reference Articles: Supreme Court: Fourteenth Amendment Cases
  20. Political, Government & Court Documents: Goss v. Lopez (1975)
  21. Political, Government & Court Documents: In re Winship (1970)
  22. Political, Government & Court Documents: Rogers v. Tennessee (2001)
  23. Political, Government & Court Documents: Slochower v. Board of Education of New York City (1956)

MLA Citation

"Due Process of Law." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Content/2156135?cid=256. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

Entry ID: 2156135

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