Civil Rights and The Constitution

1. Tell me a bit about the Founding Fathers and the governing document that they produced in the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia as it relates to the issue of race and civil rights. Now explore in some detail particular court cases that speak to this same issue -- In particular I am thinking of Crandall (1834), Prigg (1842), and Scott v. Sandford (1857). What do these decisions get right and/or wrong about the meaning of the U.S. Constitution regarding civil rights? Do any dissenting opinions shed additional light on some of these issues?

The Founding Fathers gave birth to the document we know now as the United States Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and is ...

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religion, age, sex, sexual orientation and more. For this paper, I will be discussing the issue of discrimination of race. I will also be examining the monumental Supreme Court decisions of Crandall v. Connecticut, Prigg v. Pennsylvania, and Scott v. Sanford and how they relate to the issues of civil rights and race.

The enactment of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution can be seen as the most important development of civil rights. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude. The Amendment reads:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

In other words, the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery. The Fourteenth Amendment is largely significant to the United States and is a bit more complex that the Thirteenth ...

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her student's lives miserable through many forms of harassment and vandalism. The townspeople poisoned the school's only source of drinking water with animal feces. And even went as far as making sure Crandall and her students could not get water from anywhere else. Her and her students were unable to use public transportation and denied access to health care just for being African American students at a facility that was made for them. During my reading of this case, I found a disturbing quote from a Connecticut Politician:

"We are not merely opposed to the establishment of that school in Canterbury; we mean there shall not be such a school set up anywhere in our State. The colored ...

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