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The Fourteenth Amendment
A summary of the application of the fourteenth amendment.
# 136765 | 1,250 words | 38 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This essay is a brief history of the application of the fourteenth amendment, from its initial narrow and pro-corporation reading through the gradual blossoming of this provision in the twentieth century to become the keystone of modern civil rights law. The writer also discusses the development of freedom in the United States from the Puritan foundations to the modern threat to freedom from the government.

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"The fourteenth amendment was intended to confer certain rights on all persons, including persons held in slavery before the Civil War. However, for all the scope that the amendment promised, early cases construing the amendment narrowed its reach significantly. In the Slaughterhouse Cases, the Supreme Court held that states could allow discrimination if this discrimination abridged "privileges and immunities" granted by state law rather than federal law. This meant that virtually all day-to-day affairs were subject to state control rather than federal control. Thereafter in the Civil Rights Cases, the Court ruled that the fourteenth ..."

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