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Reconstruction: 14th Amendment – Overview & Sections 2–4

We begin our review of the 14th Amendment with the lesser-known middle clauses. Northern demographics, racism, and sexism block universal voting rights, leading to indirect support of male suffrage that is too complicated to work. Section 3 precludes officeholding by ex-Confederates but ends up interfering with the prosecution of Jefferson Davis. Section 4 upholds Union and cancels Confederate debts, and maybe means we can have a giant platinum coin.

Participants: Andrew Willinger, Harry Sandick, Jon Hatch