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. CheckPoint: The Fourteenth Amendment Write a 250- to 300-word response answering the following questions: What was the written purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment? How did the Fourteenth Amendment affect African Americans at that time? What was the purpose of the Freedmen’s Bureau? How did the Freedmen’s Bureau positively and negatively affect African Americans? The Fourteenth Amendment was designed to keep unrepentant Confederates from gaining control over the new, reconstructed state governments and keep African Americans from exercising their freedom. The most important part of this amendment is in Section 1, which defines that everyone born in the United States is a citizen, therefore freed slaves are citizens, and all laws and protections must apply to them. If something would be illegal for a black American, it would also be illegal for a white American to commit the same act. It means that states cannot redefine citizenship to abridge a person's privileges or immunities, cannot deprive citizen of their rights to life, liberty, and property, and must respect the due process of law. This
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