The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment: Its Letter and Spirit
By Evan D. Bernick and Randy Barnett
2021 Harvard University Press 489 pp.
After the US Civil War the Thirteenth Amendment was added to the US Constitution to abolish most slavery in the United States. Many northerners thought this action took care of the problem. Instead, a new terrorist white supremacy movement appeared. People were upset so they struck back by creating the Fourteenth Amendment. That still didn’t quite do the trick because it was never fully applied, however it gave us a legal platform for challenging white supremacy. To learn the gist of this book (and whether you want to tackle the entire book) watch this enlightening podcast interview with the authors conducted last fall on C-Span BookTV.
– Submitted by Beth Bartholomew and Monty Wiley