Abstract: Original source documents and commentary on the Southern ratification debate on the 14th Amendment. The author argues that the 14th Amendment was intended both to guarantee everyone the fundamental rights of citizenship and personhood and to nationalize the protection of those rights within the federal structure ordained by the Constitution. That means that the states were to retain primary responsibility for defining and protecting those rights, subject only to the requirement that they treat all fairly and equally. Rooted in the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence rather than in the text of the Bill of Rights, the commands of the 14th Amendment were intended to protect liberty in an inseparable union of states.
Keywords: book review, constitution, Fourteenth Amendment, reconstruction, 14th amendment.
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Title: No Easy Walk to Freedom; Reconstruction and the Ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment
Author: James Edward Bond
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Date Published: May 1997
ISBN: 0275957039
LOCN: KF4558 14th.B66 1997
Dewey: 342.73'085 -- dc21
Pages: 295
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Chapter 1: The Remembered  Past of the Fourteenth Amendment

Chapter 2: Ratification in Tennessee

Chapter 3: Ratification in Mississippi

Chapter 4: Ratification in North Carolina

Chapter 5: Ratification in Louisiana

Chapter 6: Ratification in Alabama

Chapter 7: Ratification in Louisiana

Chapter 8: Ratification in Virginia

Chapter 9: Ratification in Florida

Chapter 10: Ratification in Arkansas

Chapter 11: Ratification in Texas

Chapter 12: Ratification in Georgia

Chapter 13: The Imagined Future of the Fourteenth Amendment


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