Citizenship and Civil Rights after the Fourteenth Amendment

Darrel E. Bigham

in On Jordan’s Banks

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123660
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134741 | DOI:
Citizenship and Civil Rights after the Fourteenth Amendment

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This chapter examines the impact of the Fourteenth Amendment of the citizenship and civil rights of African Americans who had settled along the Ohio River. This amendment focused on equal protection of the laws and due process. However, the elimination of racial distinctions did not ensure equality of treatment, and even the enactment of positive guarantees did not put an end to discrimination. To address these issues, African American leaders focused their fight on political rights and on education.

Keywords: Fourteenth Amendment; African Americans; citizenship; civil rights; Ohio River; equal protection; due process; racial discrimination; political rights; education

Chapter.  9804 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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