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The 14th Amendment Essay

848 words - 4 pages

Protects freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and freedom to petition the government.
Shawnice Rogers
Date: 1/17/10
Portfolio #2

First Amendment:
The 14th amendment states that states must provide equal protection to all people. It also defines what citizenship is.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (World History Textbook)

Fourteenth Amendment:
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As for the fourteenth amendment was designed to ensure that all former slaves were granted automatic United States citizenship, and that they would have all the rights and privileges as any other citizen.
The First Amendment played a crucial role in the epic struggles of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and countless others engaged in sit-ins, protests, marches and other demonstrations to force social change. There’s a book that I read called the remembrances of King, (Voices: Reflections on an American Icon through Words), which has was published by Dalmatian Press. It includes interviews with people who knew and worked with King in the civil rights era, including children's-rights advocates
The rights of free speech and assembly enabled civil rights protesters on the streets of Birmingham, and other cities throughout the South to force society to improve the treatment of African-Americans. “The First Amendment right of assembly was the foundation of the civil rights movement of the 1950s," (said Western Kentucky University journalism in the remembrances of king book). Not only was the First Amendment essential to the civil rights movement, but the movement itself also galvanized First Amendment ideals into legal precedent. In this book it shows the unique changes in the First Amendment law, which would grow out of the civil rights movement.
On the other hand, The NAACP is the nation's oldest civil-rights organization. However, few know of this organization's contributions to First...

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