Date of Defense

Fall 12-8-1988

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Peter Renstrom

Abstract

For many years, the right to privacy was mentioned neither in the Constitution, statutory law, nor common law. But the problem has always existed between government asserting that they are justified in invading privacy, and individuals arguing that in America, they are free from this infringement. But if there was no mention of a "right to privacy," how would individuals be protected from invasions? If the courts were going to protect them, on what basis would they rely? The formulation of a constitutional right to privacy took more than eighty years to accomplish. But the evolution is an interesting example of American legal development.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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