Essay On Eminent Domain

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“No person …shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation” (Williams). Or so that is what the modern people of the U.S thought. Eminent domain was one of the first powers given to the government from the Fifth Amendment. Even though it was one of the first powers that was given to the government, it has become one of the most abused recently in numerous court cases. The vast majority of them end with the government winning with a rebuttal stating that no one can take property without due process of law or just compensation. Even in the past, the U.S government has used eminent domain to acquire property to create roads, accommodate the military, and obtain various goods, sometimes even without giving just compensation to the owner. …show more content…
The government did not have a complete history of improperly using eminent domain, in the 20th century the effects of eminent domain made the lives of many U.S citizens much easier. The government knew how to use eminent domain in the most appropriate situations back then. But now, eminent domain is used excessively by the government for their own personal benefit including modern cities and private property agencies as well.
The applications of eminent domain have changed significantly ever since the power was first introduced by the ratification of the Fifth Amendment. It was given to the government with the goal of preventing anyone from taking a person’s property without just compensation. The modern U.S government has used eminent domain in cases where it was not necessary or inappropriate such as taking the homes of

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