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Fourteenth Amendment
of the U.S. Constitution


The Fourteenth Amendment overturned the Dred Scott decision.
  The Bill of Rights originally guaranteed rights from infringement by the Federal government. This important 1868 amendment extended most of those rights so that state governments were also prohibited from infringing upon them.

It also guaranteed that no person should be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law and that all persons shall be guaranteed equal protection under the law.
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Historically, the most important aspect of this amendment was its assurance that African Americans were treated the same as other people under the law. Today, it is still very important as a means of limiting state power and increasing federal power.
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  • The Fourteenth Amendment overturned the Dred Scott decision.
  • But even if she had, Hagar, at least, lived long enough for the Fourteenth Amendment to free her.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • In 1872 he was elected to Congress, and his petition for a pardon from the disabilities imposed on all Confederate officials by the Fourteenth Amendment was granted.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Fourteenth Amendment [8] , Thirteenth Amendment [9] , Nineteenth Amendment [9] , Thirteenth Amendment [9] , Twenty-sixth Amendment [9]
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