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Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876 (Literature) [Hardcover]

Stephen P. Halbrook
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November 30, 1998 0275963314 978-0275963316 y First printing

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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"Those who would limit the right to keep and bear arms to members of state militias have never come to grips with the intentions of the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment to protect blacks and unionists from southern militias (and others) by enforcing their personal right to arms. Stephen Halbrook presents a brief on behalf of this forgotten history--a history that no serious student of the Constitution can ignore."-Randy E. Barnett, Austin B. Fletcher Professor Boston University School of Law

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The only comprehensive study ever published on the intent of the framers of the 14th Amendment and of Reconstruction-era civil rights legislation to protect the right to keep and bear arms from State infringement.


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  • Series: Literature
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; y First printing edition (November 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275963314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275963316
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Firearms Favor Equality March 25, 2000
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Stephen Halbrook does it again with a scholarly exegesis of the Fourteenth Amendment exposing anew the racist roots of gun control. Halbrook reveals the lies and lays bare the cynicism of those who claim the Constitution permits or even favors anti-gun laws. A must read for those who still believe in liberty. The Fourteenth Amendment meant to enshrine and extend the Second Amendment specifically, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights, to newly freed blacks and make them enforceable against state governments.
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This is an important work on the origins of the fourteenth amendment with focus on the incorporation of the second amendment. It's written by a serious legal scholar and this text has been used in prominent trials. If you're a serious student, this is a great book.

As a side note, this is a hardcopy first edition of this work. Pretty rare and good from a historical standpoint. The binding is good hardcover fabric. It's well worth having if you're a serious scholar.

On the other hand - if you just want the text in the most updated fashion, it has been republished in an updated paperback and kindle edition as, Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, Updated Edition. You can save yourself some money and get this in a digital format if you just get this. Amazon should update their records to show that this is the old edition and that there is a new edition of this very important work.
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