The 14th Amendment on MPBN Maine Calling

A Broad and Sure Foundation: The 14th Amendment in American Life and Imagination

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Exploring the concepts of equality, citizenship, and liberty

Maine Calling

Originally aired on May 17, 2016

Join guests Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University, and Patrick Rael, Professor of History at Bowdoin College, as they discuss the historical and contemporary significance of the 14th Amendment on MPBN Maine Calling.

Passed 150 years ago, the 14th Amendment ensures citizenship rights, equal protection, and due process before the law. It is also cited in more litigation than any other constitutional amendment, influencing such Supreme Court cases as Plessy v. Ferguson (18 May 1896), Brown v. Board of Education (17 May 1954), Loving v. Virginia (12 Jun 1967), and Obergefell v. Hodges (26 June 2015).

As the 150th anniversary of its framing approaches, we discuss its origins, its continued impact on American life, and its interpretation by the Supreme Court, federal, and state governments.

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