The Fourteenth Amendment: Gideon V. Wainwright

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In 1868 the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified and has since completely changed the course of American history. Its assurance of due process and equal protection under the law has served to ensure and defend the rights of all American citizens. It gave a new sense of hope and inspiration to the once oppressed and underrepresented individuals. The Fourteenth Amendment has persistently guided our country as it strives to satisfy its promise of freedom and equality for the nation. Over time, this Amendment has served as a basis for many cases ensuring the equal protection of all citizens. One of these cases, Gideon v. Wainwright, served as a further enforcement of the 14th amendment's words, specifically the due process guarantee. Gideon was

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