ive been researching many things about god given rights vs. congress given privileges and i am finding it exceedingly difficult to learn anything concrete (that doesnt have anything to do with racism or tax evasion) and didnt know where i could turn for information. i simply want to know that i have my rights
As Mr. Segal pointed out .. this is a Law School Professor type of question .... the subject of which would involve hundreds of pages and hours of in-class discussion.
Not so surprisingly Wikipedia has a fairly good overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Amendme...
If I was to boil it down to it's essence, I'd say that it corrected the Dred Scott case's determination that a man is property and that all people born in the us (and subject to the jurisdiction thereof) are US Citizens by right of Jus Soli (law of the land) in addition to the original Jus Sanguines (law of blood) basis for US Citizenship.
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