'Enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment' speech   Save
'Enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment' speech
Description: Pamphlet titled "Enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment. Speech of Hon. Samuel Shellabarger, of Ohio, in the House of Representatives, March 28, 1871." Shellabarger (1817-1896) was originally from Enon, Ohio, and served as a Republican representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees people of all races equal protection under the law. The amendment declared that all people born or naturalized in the United States were citizens of the nation and individual states could not deny U.S. citizens their "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." States also had to provide all citizens with "equal protection of the laws." It also declared that the population within a state (excluding Native Americans and any male citizens who had participated in the rebellion against the United States government) would determine a state's representation in the United States House of Representatives. No members of the Confederate government, the Confederate armed forces, or any person who had served in a state government that had seceded from the United States of America would be permitted to hold political office in either the federal or the individual state governments. Finally, the amendment stated that the United States government would not honor any debts or obligations entered into by seceded states during the Civil War. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL04238
Subjects: Civil rights; Ohio History--Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights; Constitutional amendments; Constitutional history--United States; Confederate States of America
Places: Washington D.C.; Enon (Ohio); Clark County (Ohio)