Study Aid #5 - WRA 115 Study Aid, Assignment #5 190-194 The...

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WRA 115 Study Aid, Assignment #5 190-194 The failure of Reconstruction. 13th and 14th Amendments In these pages, Irons tries to give a sense of how and why the Constitution was changed to ensure the rights of blacks after the Civil War and why the laws were unable to protect those rights. Respect for a nation's laws is always built on the fundamental values of the culture. Irons’s His discussion of "positive law" and "higher law" emphasizes the ideas that were competing for control of the legal system after the Civil War. “Positive law” refers to the law that is created by governments. "Higher law" refers to the belief that there are laws that are more important than the laws passed by governments. Legal debates after the war were often grounded in competing concepts of which higher law was to be protected by the Constitution. After the Civil War, laws were passed by Northern lawmakers to ensure the civil rights of African-Americans, especially in the South. These included the 13th and 14th
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2009 for the course WRA 115 taught by Professor Lackey during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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Study Aid #5 - WRA 115 Study Aid, Assignment #5 190-194 The...

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