The Amendment That Refused to Die: Equality and Justice Deferred: The History of the Fourteenth Amendment

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Relying on both celebrated and little-known cases, this acclaimed chronicle of the Fourteenth Amendment—a constitutional guarantee of equality and freedom and the cornerstone of individual liberty as we know it—traces the amendment's fascinating origins in the aftermath of the Civil War; its near repudiation; violent reactions against it; its revival in the twentieth century; and, in a substantial new afterword, its recent challenges and setbacks. Meyer looks at current attacks against the amendment, which ...
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Overview

Relying on both celebrated and little-known cases, this acclaimed chronicle of the Fourteenth Amendment—a constitutional guarantee of equality and freedom and the cornerstone of individual liberty as we know it—traces the amendment's fascinating origins in the aftermath of the Civil War; its near repudiation; violent reactions against it; its revival in the twentieth century; and, in a substantial new afterword, its recent challenges and setbacks. Meyer looks at current attacks against the amendment, which threaten affirmative action, desegregation, voting rights, abortion rights, gay rights, and protection from oppressive measures of the State.
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The Midwest Quarterly - Dudley T. Cornish
Meyer's book ought to be in every library in the country. Rather it ought to be out of every library, in constant use, by lawyers, judges, laymen, preachers, teachers, students of all ages, by all Americans concerned about the realization and preservation of individual freedoms and their constitutional guarantees.
Howard Zinn
A book about the Fourteenth Ammendment that is both lively and scholarly is rare in itself. This book is much more than that. It recaptures lost moments in American history, penetrates the social conflicts behind legal arguments, and does all this with clarity and style.
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Now in an updated and revised edition, Howard Meyer's The Amendment That Refused To Die: Equality And Justice Deferred is the fascinating and documented history of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees equality and freedom for U.S. citizens, and Meyer traces the amendment's origins in the aftermath of the Civile war; its near repudiation; violent reactions against it; and its revival in the 20th century. Very highly recommended for American political science students and Constitutional studies reading lists, The Amendment That Refused To Die surveys current attacks against the amendment in ways that threaten 14th Amendment based affirmative action, desegregation, voting rights, abortion rights, gay rights, and protection from oppressive measures of the State legislation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568331706
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1900
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard N. Meyer is an attorney, labor arbitrator, and civil rights historian. In addition to The Amendment That Refused to Die, he is the author of a biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Let Us Have Peace, and a biography of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Colonel of the Black Regiment.
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