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Abstract

This symposium celebrates the 140th anniversary of ratification. The anniversary provides us with a fruitful occasion to reflect upon the meaning of the Amendment to its Framers in Congress and as it was initially interpreted by the United States Supreme Court and the public, and to examine the lasting impacts of both conceptions...Therefore, our participants explicitly discuss applying their understanding of history to the modern implications of the Fourteenth Amendment and current law. Understanding the Amendment, especially because of its early reception by the Court, requires looking at law, history, political science, and sociology, among other disciplines, to try to get a full view. Through this variety of prisms, we can look at what the framers and ratifiers were trying to accomplish, compare and contrast them with each other and with the response of the Supreme Court, and seek to provide insights for judges, lawyers, academics, and students.

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