Describe the growth of our rights from the 1940s to the present.

1 Answer | Add Yours

pohnpei397's profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

American history from 1940 on has generally been one of increasing respect for rights.  There has been a great expansion of civil rights and civil liberties during this time.  Some important examples of this expansion include:

  • The granting of civil rights to African Americans.
  • The creation of the right to privacy that, for example, was used to strike down laws against the use of contraceptives.
  • The "incorporation" of the Bill of Rights.  This made it so the Bill of Rights applied not only to the federal government but also to the states.  
  • The passage of laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act that protected basic civil rights for the handicapped.

We’ve answered 317,799 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question