Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876

Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876

by Stephen P. Halbrook
     
 

Whether newly-freed slaves could be trusted to own firearms was in great dispute in 1866, and the ramifications of this issue reverberate in today's gun-control debate. This is the only comprehensive study ever published on the intent of the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment and of Reconstruction-era civil rights legislation to protect the right to keep and bear

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Whether newly-freed slaves could be trusted to own firearms was in great dispute in 1866, and the ramifications of this issue reverberate in today's gun-control debate. This is the only comprehensive study ever published on the intent of the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment and of Reconstruction-era civil rights legislation to protect the right to keep and bear arms. Indeed, this is the most detailed study ever published about the intent of the Fourteenth Amendment to incorporate and to protect from state violation any of the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, even including free speech. Paradoxically, the Second Amendment is virtually the only Bill of Rights guarantee not recognized by the federal courts as protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Through legislative and historical records generated during the Reconstruction epoch (1866-1876), Halbrook shows the intent of the Fourteenth Amendment and of civil rights legislation to guarantee full and equal rights to blacks, including the right to keep and bear arms.

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A Virginia lawyer with US Supreme Court credentials, Halbrook traces the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution and its relationship to other civil rights legislation passed during Reconstruction after the Civil War. He investigates whether its intent was to prevent individual states from limiting people's civil rights, especially the right to bear arms. He shows that the Amendment was designed to allow recently freed African Americans to defend themselves from racist attacks. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275963316
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN P. HALBROOK practices law in Fairfax, Virginia. Cases he argued in the U.S. Supreme Court include Printz v. United States (1997). His books include That Every Man Be Armed, Firearms Law Deskbook, and Target Switzerland.

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