The 14th Amendment: Implicit Language

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Over time, there have been many interpretations in the meaning of the 14th Amendment due to the use of both explicit and implicit language in the document. Having been written at a time when African-Americans were starting to get their rights. For some at that time, the 14th Amendment meant to just give African-Americans rights but as time progressed, the interpretation of the amendment was challenged and began to change. The 13th Amendment’s meaning is to end slavery in the United States except as a punishment for a crime. The 13th Amendment didn’t help African-Americans because states passed the Jim Crow laws. The 14th Amendment meant no state can make or support any laws that take away the rights of U.S. citizen equal protection under the laws. To understand the intent and purpose of the 14th Amendment, one must analyze the language closely.…show more content…
The explicit meaning of the 14th Amendment is to give Americans equality. In the 14th Amendment it states,” All persons born or naturalized in the United States.” “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States .” No state can make or support any laws that take away the rights of U.S. citizens. To understand the intent and purpose of the 14th Amendment, one must analyze the language
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