political rights,which refer only to rights devolving from the franchise and are held usually only by a citizen, and unlike
natural rights,civil rights have a legal as well as a philosophical basis. In the United States civil rights are usually thought of in terms of the specific rights guaranteed in the Constitution: freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press, and the rights to due process of law and to equal protection under the law.
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