The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments became known as the Reconstruction Amendments. They followed the Civil War and attempted to guide the legal status of the African American population. The 13th Amendment formally abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. It also gave power to Congress to enforce the amendment. The 14th Amendment established Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection.
Many parts of Martin Luther King’s dream have come true, or much closer to realization. The dream of ending segregation has been fulfilled and there are equal rights for all races. The USA and much of the world has moved a long way towards Kings wishes that people should “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” One of the interesting documentary, I watched was call The Color of Fear, where it was talking different ethnicities. .
The Eighteenth Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Act, took effect as of January 16, 1920, outlawing the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcoholic beverages in the United States from January 1920 till December 6, 1933. Prohibition was established to reduce the effects that alcohol had on families and on society. When primarily men consumed too much alcohol, their actions often resulted in domestic violence,often interfering with men's work performance, and money wasted that the family needed to support families. The prohibition period was very unsuccessful due to people wanting and doing whatever it took to get alcohol now that it was illegal, no matter how enforced prohibition was, leading to many Americans smuggling illegal alcohol
The Fourteenth Amendment addressed the issue of slaves being legally considered to be “property” because this amendment reaffirmed everyone born in the United States are citizens and therefore should be treated in the same regard in the eyes of the law. This amendment punished the former Confederate states since they were not allowed to return to the Union unless they had ratified this law which was passed to secure freedmen’s rights, something Southern whites hugely opposed.
Chapter 13 Article Respecting the Seventh Amendment Chapter 13 of the textbook, Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System by J. Scott Harr, Karen M. Hess, Christine Orthmann, and Jonathon Kingsbury, discusses in great detail all of the more uncommon amendments under the United States (U.S.) Constitution. These amendments consist of the third, seventh, ninth, tenth, eleventh, thirteenth, and finally, the fourteenth amendments (Harr, Hess, Orthmann, & Kingsbury, 2015, p. 437-443). All of these seven amendments are for the most part, not highly discussed in today’s society; however, as of late the seventh amendment has been receiving more and more attention. To briefly sum up, the seventh amendment is part of the Bill or rights in the
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) The amendments were put into place to protect the rights and civil liberties of all American citizens from the federal government. However, prior to the fourteenth amendment, there was no certainty with the constitution. The constitution did not state in a clear enough way who was protected under it and exactly what rights you had as an American Citizen. The 14th amendment was in response to the just passed thirteenth amendment, which ended slavery in all of the southern states.
In the year of 1865, the 13th Amendment was passed by Congress. This Amendment formally abolished slavery within the United states. This ratification was the final consent to considering the Three-Fifths compromise obsolete; A compromise that was relevant for many years reforming the idea of how the slave count should be considered into the population of the United States. Not only did this Amendment shatter the idea of giving slave three-fifths of a count toward the population, this was the first formal movement towards giving slaves an identity.
Slavery ended in the year 1964 by Abraham Lincoln passing the 13th amendment. The 13th amendment was passed on January 31, 1864, and was officially ratified by the end of the year on December 6th. About three years later the 14th amendment was passed on July 9, 1868. This amendment gave all citizens born in the United States the rights of life, liberty and property. The 15th amendment was passed on February 3, 1870, stating that any black male wanting to vote would not denied the rights All of these amendments were huge to the African Americans.
Some people say Thaddeus Stevens’ quote “The greatest measure of the 19th century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in the world” is over exaggerated. However, this quote is the truth behind the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment. In simpler terms, the Thirteenth Amendment was passed due to corruption, bargaining, and the help of Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the course of the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, Lincoln requested a re-voting of the Amendment, bargained with the House members, and never told a lie.
There was a recent storm in Hollywood, Florida that left many homes without power. This storm also affected prisoners that were still kept in prisons that lacked of power, supplies, and plumbing during the emergency. This situation relates to The Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment protects people from “cruel or unusual punishment”. Some might view that keeping them in prisons is wrong and against their will.
They Did It ! Recently a decision was made that will change America forever. On August 18th Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment, therefore granting women the right to vote in all states. This decision with certainly be met with both support and opposition from many.