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Reconstruction: 14th Amendment – Birthright Citizenship Clause

We discuss ancient and early modern doctrines regarding the inheritance of citizenship, state and federal citizenship in the early republic, and early arguments for racial equality among citizens. We return to Dred Scott’s creation of a racial exclusion to citizenship, the Reconstruction Congress’s efforts to legislate race-neutral birthright citizenship, culminating in the 14th Amendment, and the persistence of racial and national exclusions.

Participants: Tara Norris, Harry Sandick, Jon Hatch