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Lecture 2-13-2007 - Political Science 104 Intro to American...

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Political Science 104 - Intro to American Government Lecture February 13, 2007 The 14th Amendment "All persons born or naturalized in the United States. . . Are citizens of the United States and of the State where they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States , nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws ." 14th Amendment, cont. "no state. . ." language makes clear that Bill of Rights should apply to state governments still, it isn’t immediately apparent what "privileges and immunities" means Set of rights against gov’t action made explicit in the bill of rights "equal protection of the laws" raised some questions Intent was to apply to race, but also seen as vehicle for women’s equal rights Applies to “all persons,” meaning non-citizens as well Equal Protection Read literally, language suggests that governments must treat people
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