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By James E. Bond

The Southern ratification debate at the 14th modification used to be part of the sour, decade-long fight to reconstruct and later redeem the South. This booklet makes transparent that amidst the entire clash and cacophony of the interval, the instructions of the 14th modification have been broadly and uniformly understood. the 3 nice clauses of part 1 of the 14th modification have been meant either to assure everybody the elemental rights of citizenship and personhood and to nationalize the safety of these rights in the federal constitution ordained via the structure. that suggests that the states have been to preserve fundamental accountability for outlining and holding these rights, topic basically to the requirement that they deal with all particularly and both. Rooted within the traditional rights philosophy of the announcement of Independence instead of within the textual content of the invoice of Rights, the instructions of the 14th modification have been meant to guard liberty in an inseparable union of states. This learn we could the individuals in those occasions converse for themselves: in legit experiences; in occasion structures and crusade speeches; in resolutions from conferences, rallies, and conventions; in editorials and letters to the editor; and in deepest diaries and private correspondence. a lot of the documentary proof during this publication is being released for the 1st time.

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