Civil Rights

[Revised entry by Andrew Altman on April 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In contemporary political thought, the term 'civil rights' is indissolubly linked to the struggle for
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[Revised entry by Andrew Altman on April 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In contemporary political thought, the term 'civil rights' is indissolubly linked to the struggle for equality of American blacks during the 1950s and 60s. The aim of that struggle was to secure the status of equal citizenship in a liberal democratic state. Civil rights are the basic legal rights a person must possess in order to have such a status. They are the rights that constitute free and equal citizenship and include personal, political, and economic rights. No contemporary thinker of significance holds that such rights can be...

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