The Constitution Of The United States Essay

727 Words Nov 21st, 2016 3 Pages
The Constitution is an extremely important document to our country. As such, over the years we have made changes (amendments) to it in order to keep up with society’s changes. At the time when the Constitution was signed and enacted, many people were not included in the statements of this agreement. The 14th Amendment ratified it so citizens were considered as “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” which includes formed slaves (“14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution”, 2015). It also forbids states from denying anyone “life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”. In addition to broadening the definition of a citizen, by mentioning the state’s role in this document it expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans. Combined, the fact that this amendment extends the most basic rights undeniable now to the entirety of the United States population, and that it also controls the state’s influence on civil rights, gives this amendment it’s such high importance. In terms of judicial interpretations, it is so important because of its application and protection of civil rights to all.
Both the 14th and 5th amendments deal with the equal protection of citizens and their rights to life, liberty and property (“US Constitution-5th and 14th Amendments”, 2014). They also both limit the power of the federal and state governments by not allowing them to discriminate against citizens. The 5th amendment describes the federal standpoint on rights and the…

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