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The Fourteenth Amendment: Equal Protection Under the Law (Constitution) Library Binding – December 1, 2002

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Reviewed with David L. Hudson's The Bill of Rights.

Gr. 5-8. From the Constitution series, these books provide clearly written explanations of the history and content of the Bill of Rights and one of its most significant amendments. In Bill of Rights, Hudson offers a lucid introduction to the document's "ancestry," its creation, and how its protections have affected many social issues and legal cases in American history. Though some sections of The Fourteenth Amendment deal with issues and conditions that arose in the wake of the Civil War, other sections are pertinent today. The "equal protection" and "due process" phrases have been the basis for many significant legal decisions, including those dealing with abortion, discrimination, and physician-assisted suicide. Hudson cogently discusses several of these and other cases. Each book includes the text of the Constitution and a list of the amendments with brief comments identifying the subjects they address. Source notes and lists of recommended books and Web sites are also appended. Two more volumes appear in the Series Roundup. Carolyn Phelan
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  • Series: Constitution
  • Library Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766019047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766019041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
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By ealovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 24, 2015
Format: Library Binding
This post-Civil-War amendment has been called both "a second Bill of Rights and a second American Revolution." Basically, it was passed to prevent State governments from infringing upon their citizens' rights under the first ten amendments to our Constitution. The sections of the Fourteenth Amendment that retain their importance today read as follows:

SECTION 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

SECTION 5.
The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

"...The vast majority of protections in the Bill of Rights were absorbed by the Fourteenth Amendment and made to apply to the states" but as this book reveals, the history of the application of this amendment lagged far behind its ratification. It was not until the 20th Century that the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be prepared to take action against discriminatory state laws.

According to the author of this book, who is an attorney with the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, the 14th Amendment's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" has figured prominently in a wide variety of landmark cases, including Brown v. Board of Education (racial discrimination), Goss v. Lopez (due process rights for students), Roe v. Wade (reproductive rights), Loving v. Virginia (interracial marriage), and Duncan v.
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