ADOPTION OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT.
Item #: 194
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2003.
Subjects: CIVIL RIGHTS, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, POLITICAL SCIENCE, PROPERTY
Widespread doubt as to the constitutionality of the CivilRights Act...led to the formulation, by the Joint Committeeof Fifteen, of this amendment to the Constitution...TheAmendment for the first time defined citizenship, and forthe first time threw the protection of the Federal Govern-ment around rights that might be invaded by the Stategovernments - thus reversing the traditional relationship.The first section of the Amendment has given rise tomore adjudication than any other part of the Constitution.The Journal of the Joint Committee of Fifteen that framedthe Amendment appears to support the theory that the framersof the amendment definitely intended to protect the propertyand rights of corporations against State legislation of arestrictive character.Commager II: 51.