Synthesis Of The 14th Amendment

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One of three Reconstruction Amendments adopted after the Civil War, is known as the Fourteenth Amendment (Lenz & Holman, 2013). The Fourteenth Amendment was added to the Constitution to protect equal rights for all citizens. It was passed by Congress in June 1866 and ratified by the states in 1868. It should be noted that, the thirteenth amendment abolished slavery, the fourteenth granted citizenship to people once enslaved, and the fifteenth guaranteed black men the right to vote. These three amendments are called the Reconstruction Amendments both because they were the first enacted right after the Civil War and because all addressed questions related to the legal and political status of the African Americans (Citation). According to Michael Perry (1999), author of the book “We the People: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court”, President Abraham Lincoln exercised his power as Commander in Chief and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring an end to slavery in the United States (Perry, 1999). With five sections in total, the Fourteenth Amendment is one of the longest amendments in the United States Constitution. Before the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, citizens of …show more content…
Although civil rights make up a very small part of the fourteenth amendment, this is the section I am choosing to elaborate on. The positive elements of the fourteenth amendment are citizenship, civil rights, and equal representation in congress. The fourteenth amendment defined a citizen as being anyone who was born within the United States. The negative elements of the fourteenth amendment are that it only established voting rights for men and secondly, the way the fourteenth amendment was used by the northern states against the southern states. By doing so the fourteenth amendment disallowed women the right to

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