Chapter

The Revolution That Never Was

George P. Fletcher

in Our Secret Constitution

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156287
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199872169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195156285.003.0007
The Revolution That Never Was

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This chapter addresses the problems arising from the clash of old and new ideologies during Reconstruction. Questions of federalism and states’ rights, and of equal protection and citizenship in light of abolition – illustrated in the landmark Slaughterhouse Case, and the Civil Rights Cases of 1883 – were ultimately referred to the Supreme Court. The author asserts that the Court's interpretation of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments in these cases served to undermine the cause of the new “secret” constitution.

Keywords: abolition; citizenship; Civil Rights Cases; equal protection; federalism; Reconstruction Amendments; Slaughterhouse Case; states’ rights; Supreme Court

Chapter.  11020 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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