Explore the creation, intention, and language of the Fourteenth Amendment in this video, from the series The Supreme Court. One of the most enduring outcomes of the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment, promised the government would protect the rights of citizens of the United States. While Congress was given explicit rights through the Amendment to protect newly freed slaves in former Confederate states, the language of the Amendment sometimes presented ambiguities. This video, from the series The Supreme Court, explores how far the federal government could go to ensure the “privileges or immunities” of citizenship.
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