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12/15/2021

Symposium on "The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment" [Updated]
Michael Ramsey

At Law & Liberty, a symposium on The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment by Randy Barnett and Evan Bernick (Belknap Press 2021).  From the introduction:

The Fourteenth Amendment has proven to be one of the most difficult parts of the Constitution to interpret. For over a century, controversy has swirled over how exactly the Due Process, Privileges or Immunities, and Equal Protection clauses limit the policies of states. That uncertainty hasn’t stopped the Supreme Court from viewing it as one of the most sweeping and transformative amendments. Randy Barnett and Evan Bernick have recently written an important new book on the Amendment, arguing that while the Court has mostly gotten the original meaning of the Amendment wrong, it has nevertheless stumbled into many correct outcomes. We asked four Law & Liberty contributors to weigh in on their interpretation.

And here are the contributions:

“Law,” “Citizens,” and 1868, by Christopher R. Green (Mississippi)

A Radical Original Meaning, by Julia D. Mahoney (Virginia)

Another Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment, by Jesse R. Merriam (Patrick Henry)

From Comity to Equality, by Ilan Wurman (Arizona State)

ANDREW HYMAN adds: