A Study of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments

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These two amendments were designed to increase the power of the federal government by making sure that states would no longer be provided with the authority to start a successful campaign against the government. Many states have actually taken advantage of the first ten amendments during the first half of the nineteenth century and this materialized in the American Civil War.
The Declaration of Independence had set a clear set of legislations and made it possible for people to acknowledge that they were living in a territory dominated by ideas like freedom, equality, and justice. However, at the time when the document was signed, these values were accessible only to white people, as African Americans were considered to be inferior and it thus seemed pointless for the government to design laws that could not be understood by the exact group of people that they were meant for.
The Fourteenth Amendment also set clear legislations regarding who was and who was not eligible to vote. One of its main purposes was to provide individuals who owned land with the right to vote. This right was purpose to protect the concept of private property as it had been defined by…
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