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    Role of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution

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    Explain the purpose and role of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. How did this amendment change the relationship between the States and the Bill of Rights? What was the context of this amendment? And why is it so significant to equality for all?

    Discuss one additional action taken by the government to advance equality for all. Which branch was responsible for this advance?

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    The 14th Amendment allows equal protection for all citizens under the law. It refers to all persons "born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside." (Amendment XIV) The amendment requires that no state can create a law that interferes with the rights of any one group or person nor can the state enforce any law that interferes with the rights of any person. Among those included are the right to life, liberty, property, due process of law, and equal protection under the law. The 15th amendment extended this further as included the right to vote in elections if the person is of legal age as set by the federal government.
    The amendment did, in effect, stop states from making laws ...

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    An explanation of the 14th Amendment and how it affected equal rights and state laws is determined.