Argumentative Essay On The 14th Amendment

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In December 5 1865, the 13th amendment was ratified it abolished slavery and granted freedom to the former slaves.. The amendment was followed by the 14th amendment which granted freedom to anyone born in the United States, former slaves included. After the Civil War, African American rejoined society as citizen, the 14th amendment which was issued was supposed to grant and protect those rights. This period after the Civil War was known as the Reconstruction Era. During Reconstruction the American nation tried to incorporate African Americans in society and help the South get back on its feet. Although the 14 amendment granted African Americans citizens rights and the 13 amendment freed the slaves, reconstruction
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Thus, showing that they were not willing to accept African American as citizens of their society. During the era of American Reconstruction, many southern states rejected and refused to accept African Americans in their society. As stated, “Congress passes the Fourteenth Amendment on June 13 and sends it to the states for ratification. Most of the southern states reject it” (“Commentary on 1866”). The 14th amendment was passed by congress to acknowledge African American’s God given rights. Due to their pre-civil war racial conflict between the slaves and the American white population, Southerners states violated the freedom and rights given to African Americans by the 13th and 14th amendment. The 14th amendment granted African Americans citizenship.Proceeding the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, the 14th amendment, “... abrogates the "three-fifths clause" of the Constitution (counting slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of apportionment in the House of Representatives). Originally designed to protect the rights of former slaves in the South, this amendment—especially its "due-process" and "equal-protection" clauses—will eventually have a profound impact on the extension of civil liberties to a wide range of citizens” (“Commentary on …show more content…
However reconstruction as well as the Ku Klux Klan limited those rights and freedom. The Ku Klux Klan burned African schools, homes, and churches and murder any African American who they thought were too successful. Their hatred extended from African American and it reached immigrants, Jews, Catholics, and other ethnic groups. They also removed from politics anyone who became an opponent to their political beliefs, and anyone who threatened their white supremacist society. Reconstruction, also, limited the rights African Americans, because of reconstruction African Americans were discriminated and taken advantage of. Although, their living conditions proved to be slightly better than slavery, African Americans were still not viewed as citizen. Instead, they were looked down upon as being the inferior race. Such prejudices still exist today, where a few are viewed as being better or superior to others. Yet, that is not the case all races are equal because their is no inferior or superior

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