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Grade 8 Humanities: Week of 12/4/2017 I ❤ Article Five

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Dear Families,

Civil War Reconstruction in theory probably seemed great, but in practice fell wildly short of its goals. The country needed to become united again by revitalizing an economy not contingent upon unpaid labor. Black Americans, former slaves, had to be integrated into a changing society in a fair and viable way, and everyone needed to adopt new mindsets. That the 13th amendment was, in some ways, a gateway to Jim Crow Laws is a failure of both the American people and of American legislation that didn’t even begin to be corrected until 100 years later with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 14th amendment seemed like another step forward by 1868, but laws, even Federal ones, needed to be enforced — sometimes by force!
We paid some historical homage to Article V of The United States Constitution as none of this would have been possible without the amendment process. The Framers may have been land- (and in some cases) slave-owning elitists, but they did have the vision and forethought to build in a way for our country to literally change with the times.
Yours,
Ms. Sacilotto
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We revisited The Bill of Rights . . .
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And discussed what the 14th amendment added . . .
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Some amendments aren’t all that applicable anymore, but we agreed that we should only add, not take away from The Constitution . . .
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“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (14th amendment)