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4 - Abridgment of Rights before and after the Civil War

from Part II - From Abridgment to War and Ratification

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 October 2020

Ilan Wurman
Affiliation:
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
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This chapter surveys the historical, political, and legal problems confronting the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment. It describes the antebellum debate over whether free blacks were "citizens of the United States" entitled to comity rights, the travails of abolitionists, the rampant private violence and mob rule and inadequate protection of the laws, and the abridgment of the civil rights of the newly freed people in the infamous Black Codes.

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The Second Founding
An Introduction to the Fourteenth Amendment
, pp. 71 - 92
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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